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Third-party candidates could sway Illinois' Gubernatorial race

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WSIL -- In addition to Governor Bruce Rauner and Democrat JB Pritzker, you'll find two third-party candidates on the ballot in the Illinois Governor's race this November: Libertarian Kash Jackson and Conservative Sam McCann.

Experts predict this will be bad news for incumbent Governor Bruce Rauner because both third-party candidates are expected to pull republican votes.

McCann jumped into the race in April, after Rauner narrowly defeated a primary challenge from Jeanne Ives.

He cites strong opposition to a law Rauner signed allowing taxpayer funds to go toward abortion. 

John Jackson of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute says, "I think both the Libertarian candidate and Sam McCann will take some of the Jeanne Ives vote and that's the vote that Rauner can ill-afford to lose and probably will lose some of it."

Polls show McCann and Jackson pulling a combined quarter of the support with Pritzker holding a 10 point lead over Rauner.

While both Sam McCann and Kash Jackson escaped ballot challenges, not all third party hopefuls were as lucky.

Three others, hoping to make the ballot do face challenges, and now the State Board of Elections must verify signatures on their election filings.

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