GOP Candidates For Governor To Support Eventual Nominee

Jan 22, 2014

  The four Republicans running for governor are battling one another now ... but most say they'll put that aside after the primary.

At a debate at Chicago's Union League Club the GOP candidates for governor tried to set themselves apart on questions about transportation funding, Medicaid, and government consolidation.

But they all had the same response to the question, "Do you all individually agree to support the Republican nominee, whoever he is?"

Senator Bill Brady, Senator Kirk Dillard and Treasurer Dan Rutherford each raised their hands.

A fourth candidate did not — venture capitalist Bruce Rauner. He wasn't there to answer the question.

His campaign did not immediately respond to questions about his whereabouts, and if his hand would have gone up if he had been there.

Past Republican primaries for governor have been so bruising, a party leader famously described them as a "circular firing squads."