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Fromer Gov says GOP should look forward

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 09:57:11 CST

Fromer Gov says GOP should look forward The 2012 election may have just ended in a bloodbath for the Illinois GOP, but a Republican party leader says it's time to look ahead to the next one. In two years, Illinois voters will get to decide their next governor. Former Governor Jim Edgar says that's his party's chance to rebound from this election, which gave Democrats veto-proof majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly, majorities he expects Democrats will mostly hold on to:

"The governor's race in Illinois in two years is huge for the Republican party. If we can win the governor's office back then we have a viable two party system in Illinois."
Edgar says he thinks the GOP has a chance because in 2014 President Barack Obama won't be at the top of the ballot. But he says it's an OPPORTUNITY, not a given:

"We've got to make sure we've got a candidate who only appeals to Republicans but also appeals to independents and thoughtful Democrats. Because you've got to have those. There's not enough Republicans in this state to be elected dog catcher."
Of course, conservatives within the party have the opposite takeaway.

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