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Presidential race barely mentioned at IL GOP Day at State Fair



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Twitter photo by State Journal Register's Bernie Schoenberg

SPRINGFIELD – Donald Trump is the Republican presidential nominee in the November General Election, but during the annual Republican Day at Illinois' State Fair Wednesday, the national spokesman for the GOP seemed to be persona non grata – unwelcomed and unacceptable. 

Governor Rauner pushed for Republicans to gain five or six seats in the Illinois legislature, Mark Kirk pushed for his re-election, and Republican Minority leader Jim Durkin hoped for a winning year for state GOP candidates.

Although reporters were on hand to take photos of the day's festivities, only one sign promoting Donald Trump was spotted by Matt Dietdrich of Reboot Illinois, which was held by a Trump fan in the crowd of onlookers:

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Only one speaker mentioned the name "Trump" while ramping up the Republican faithful – Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno.


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  1. I won’t vote for Kirk. He doesn’t believe in the things I believe in. He votes with Dick Durbin. Unlike most Democrats I won’t vote for someone simply because he claims to be a Republican. Nothing worst than someone getting in office and turning his back on those that voted for him. I will be voting for Trump to make America great again and have no doubt that he can do it.

  2. To those who complain that not voting for Trump is a vote for Clinton. Remember those words when you choose not to vote for Kirk. That’s a vote for Duckworth. Works both ways. But, remember this. If we lose control of the House and Senate and Clinton does become President then we have zero voice. Working across aisles is imperative to moving this country forward. #votekirk

  3. I’m staunchly opposed to Donald Trump and to Mark Kirk. But in the case of Mark Kirk, if the Republicans maintain the majority in the Senate, conservatives will be in the Senate leadership. So a vote for Kirk – as liberal and disgusting as he is – is a vote for conservatism in the end game. It’s sickening to consider, but it’s truth.

  4. If one would actually go inside the GOP tent at the state fair one would see all the energy and attention is at the Donald Trump table. Thousands of people, yes really over a thousand have taken signs, bumper stickers, and/or signed up with a phone number and/or email address to receive updates for the Trump campaign. It is not goes on at the lawn that matters it is who the people will actually vote for that matters.