Chicago GOP Victory Party
The Hilton, 720 S Michigan
After the polls close.
(This is in the same building as the Rauner Victory Party.)
Chris Cleveland, spokesman for the Chicago Republican Party, will be available to the media on election night as well. Please call to schedule a time and location. 312-339-2677.
A recap of Chicago GOP activities:
— In 2013, the Chicago Republican Party ran an “American Idol”-style campaign to recruit candidates. 150 people responded. After the vetting process, the petition process, and various legal battles, nine candidates made it onto the ballot for the 2014 election.
— The hoped-for effect is to raise the Republican vote in Chicago by 5%, from 18% to 23%. If successful, it would put competitive statewide races over the 20% threshhold, and Republicans will win Illinois.
— The Chicago GOP and the ward organizations raised and spent nearly $250,000 on the effort.
— All but one of the recruits were first-time candidates. Despite this fact, four of them won the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune.
— The questions for the night:
Will the Chicago GOP get over the 20% threshhold in the city?
Will Chicago Republicans be responsible for putting Bruce Rauner over the top?
Will a group of first-time candidates in heavily Democratic Chicago turn Illinois red?
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