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Lyons Township Republicans endorse five, undecided on two

<p>Republican gubernatorial candidates from left, State Sen. Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and State Sen. Bill Brady get ready before a televised debate Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Chicago.</p>

Republican gubernatorial candidates from left, State Sen. Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and State Sen. Bill Brady get ready before a televised debate Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Chicago.

Lyons Township Republicans voted March 1 to endorse five candidates in statewide and area contests for the primary election March 18.

But races were too close to call for governor and the 24th Senate District for a candidate to endorsed by a clear 60 percent, said township Republican Committeeman James Falvey of Western Springs.

Businessman Bruce Rauner and Sen. Kirk Dillard, who represents the 24th District, finished first and second in votes cast for governor by nearly 50 township Republicans, Falvey said.

“Clearly in Lyons Township, it was a two-person race,” Falvey said. “Rauner got the most votes but not 60 percent.”

Dillard spoke to the party members, but not Rauner, who was on a bus tour to the south, Falvey said. Instead, Rauner sent his lieutenant governor candidate, Evelyn Sanguinetti, to speak on his behalf.

The contest to slate Dillard’s Republican replacement also didn’t show a 60 percent majority for either Chris Nybo or Dennis Reboletti, both from Elmhurst.

Party members endorsed Jim Oberweis over Doug Truax for U.S. Senate and Bob Grogan over Tom Cross for state treasurer.

Members also gave the nod to Sharon Brannigan of Palos Heights over Diane Harris of Joliet to run for the 3rd Congressional District.

For the Cook County Board’s 17th District, township Republicans endorsed incumbent Elizabeth Doody Gorman of Orland Park over challenger Barbara Bellar of Burr Ridge.

And for the 11th Congressional District, township members voted to slate Chris Balkema over Bert Miller, Darlene Senger, Ian Bayne and Craig Robbins.

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