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Thursday, Nov 30, 2017

* Press release…

Bob Daiber, Madison County Regional Superintendent of Schools, officially filed his candidacy for Governor on Thursday. Daiber and his running mate Jonathan Todd filed over 9,500 signatures with the Illinois State Board of Elections. Daiber stated that they exceeded the required threshold of 5,000 signatures to ensure a spot on the March 20th Democratic primary ballot.

“Jonathan Todd and I would like to thank the volunteers across Illinois who have joined in this grassroots campaign to make our candidacy possible. The effort has been incredible,” stated Daiber.

Daiber is the only candidate outside of Cook County who has filed and the first Democrat from Southern Illinois to file for governor in twenty years.

* The Question: Do you think Daiber stays in the race to the end? Take the poll and then explain your answer in comments, please.

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- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Arsenal - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 3:33 pm:

    Voted yes. Once he gets through challenges, there’s no reason to drop out, and I think the other campaigns all want to keep him in the race.

  2. - m - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 3:34 pm:

    Voted yes with a caveat. He will drop out if he thinks the race is too close and whoever else he favors the most might have a chance.

  3. - m - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 3:35 pm:

    =I think the other campaigns all want to keep him in the race=

    I think Pritzker does, but I think everyone else should see that there will be a Pritzker vote and an anti-Pritzker vote. His candidacy is not good for Biss or Kennedy. They need Daiber and Hardiman to drop out.

  4. - Henry Francis - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 3:38 pm:

    Yes, because it would be cool to be able to say you got more votes than a Kennedy.

  5. - Arsenal - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 3:40 pm:

    ==but I think everyone else should see that there will be a Pritzker vote and an anti-Pritzker vote==

    Maybe they *should* see that, but I don’t think that they do. The way they worked with him on the Madison County caucus makes me think they seem him as something like a “useful idiot”.

    They also need *something* to blunt Pritzker’s organizational strength outside of Chicagoland.

  6. - JohnnyPyleDriver - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 3:50 pm:

    ==The way they worked with him on the Madison County caucus ==


  7. - NIU Grad - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 3:52 pm:

    Yes, as he has absolutely nothing to lose. The more he is able to travel around the state (with an emphasis on down-state), his profile is increased. He has just enough support and consistent dedication on his part that he’s not being written off as a gadfly. Also, there is a slim chance that he might get lucky…if the top three split Cook County and Suburban votes, Southern Illinois might carry the day. Don’t forget…Few people expected a Bill Brady primarywin in 2010.

  8. - Ron - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 3:57 pm:

    If he’s gone this far, why not? It costs very little once your on the ballot.

  9. - rutro - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 4:06 pm:

    Yes, he will gain more steam (I’m calling third place for Bob) as the other three, biss, kennedy and pritzker beat each other up. Tio will get 2.4 % (which may end up hurting pritzker or kennedy). OW these are all guesses, I have no work to show.

  10. - Been There - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 4:28 pm:

    Wow, can’t believe it’s been 20 years since the Poshard Ryan race. Lots has happened since then but it seems like a only a few years ago.

  11. - Anonymous324 - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 4:29 pm:

    I don’t get the impression he thinks he can win. I think he’s running so Southern Illinois has some representation in the process and the candidates who can win will have to deal with those issues. With that in mind, his campaign isn’t particularly expensive to run, so there’s no real reason to drop out absent a legitimate belief that at least one of the 2 actual contenders (sorry, Biss) will address issues important to Southern Illinois.

  12. - DuPage Saint - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 4:34 pm:

    Yes why not he can give a southern Illinois viewpoint to campaign. Unless, of course, he gets an offer he can’t refuse

  13. - A guy - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 4:58 pm:

    What reason would he have not to? Unless he’s completely nuts, he knows he’s a long shot with almost no chance. Yet he filed. Will his votes create a spoiler difference? Don’t think so, but it’s too early to even guess. Nothing to lose now.

  14. - Arthur Andersen - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 4:59 pm:

    Voted yes, with some uncertainty. If anything, the Professor pulls the plug first.

  15. - Dome Gnome - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 5:03 pm:

    No, it’s too much of an uphill climb (both ways, in the snow).

  16. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 5:03 pm:

    Voted yes,

    As always, “run em all”

    It helps Pritzker “today”, but March is a long ways away.

    Always, run em all… “yes”

  17. - Retired Educator - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 5:47 pm:

    He on the ballot. Why not stay for the whole ride? His name will be on the ballot. Nobody knows a final outcome till the votes are counted.

  18. - Last Bull Moose - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 5:47 pm:

    Voted be will stay in. He gets to help shape the debate. The Chicago candidates may neutralize each other. Who knows what may happen?

  19. - anon - Friday, Dec 1, 17 @ 1:20 am:

    Does he cause crossovers at primary time for a downstate who might fell Bruce forgot them?

  20. - Metro East Resident - Friday, Dec 1, 17 @ 11:12 am:

    Voted yes, he’s made it clear by donating most of his own money to the cause that he isn’t going anywhere. Not saying he’s going to win but remember when Jack Ryan dropped out in what 04. In this day and age the 3 ‘front-runners’ could have scandals and be forced out. To quote Dumb and Dumber…

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