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Signs that Biden is Illinois Dems' establishment bet

Party pros seem to be lining up behind the candidate, while the list of delegates for Trump includes none of the state's former GOP governors nor top business leaders active in party politics.

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Illinois voters today in the March primary elections, and the story so far is a stampede on the Democratic side and just one and only one option for Republicans: Donald Trump.

The incumbent president at the moment is unchallenged in the GOP contest here even though a former congressman from the northwest suburbs, Joe Walsh, is running nationally. There was no immediate word on whether Walsh will file by tomorrow evening's deadline.

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Democrats in turn will have plenty of options. In alphabetical order, they are U.S. Sen. Michael Bennett of Colorado, ex-Vice President Joe Biden, former New York City Mayor and wealthy businessman Michael Bloomberg, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, ex-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, California businessman Tom Steyer,  Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

Absent from that list are a couple of others who have declared nationally: New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and author Marianne Williamson.

How those candidates fare in the primary will determine how Illinois delegates vote at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, at least initially. But most of the actual delegates will be separately elected by voters in March, and on that score there was wide divergence.

79彩票注册网址According to the Illinois State Board of Elections, no candidate so far has affiliated slates of delegates in each of the state's 18 congressional districts. Coming closest so far are Biden and Warren, who have candidates running for 98 of the available 105 slots, according to the board. Sanders was close behind with 64 and Buttigieg with 48.

However, Bloomberg and Klobuchar have not filed any slates—meaning that if their campaigns catch fire, they will have to depend on either a pool of super-delegates that will be selected statewide or other delegates who won at the congressional district level with the help of another contender.

79彩票注册网址Biden's slates are filled with names of well-known party pros such as World Business Chicago chief Andrea Zopp; former City Council floor leader Pat O’Connor (40th); and current aldermen Michelle Harris, 8th, Rod Sawyer, 6th, and Patrick Thompson, 11th. Other candidates generally filled their slates with younger party activists and newcomers, though Buttigieg's slate includes Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore, Warren's  includes state Rep. Will Guzzardi of Chicago, and Sanders' has Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez, 25th.

Trump's delegate slates include downstate congressman Darin LaHood but none of the state’s former GOP governors nor top business leaders active in party politics.

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