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Experts: Pritzker lawsuit to have little impact on S.I. voters

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WSIL -- Recent polls put democrat candidate for governor JB Pritzker as much as 20 points ahead of Governor Bruce Rauner. A gap so big that John Jackson with the Paul Simon Institute says, it will likely not be affected by a new discrimination lawsuit filed against Pritzker and his campaign. 

"Not enough, not enough to change the whole race dynamic," Jackson explains. "Something of this magnitude, while it's a ripple, its not an earthquake." 

Jackson says the suit may deter 1-2% of voters statewide, but that's in a concentrated area, "I think it could have some probably limited affect in the African American community in Chicago." 

Still, Chair of the Williamson County Democrat Party Cody Moake says allegations of this kind need to be taken seriously, "I would hope that it's not an issue that should be politicized, but an issue that all campaigns should adopt some sort of equal opportunity policy if that's what comes out of it." 

Along with Jackson, Moake doubts the lawsuit will impact local races, "I don't think it's going to hurt them because they run and have staffs that are very diverse." 

However, President of Carbondale's NAACP branch Linda Flowers says she's had some concerns about voter turnout even before the lawsuit, "People are saying they're (political candidates) all crooked. I'm not going to vote for either one of them, I mean up and down the ticket." 

One of Flowers biggest worries is locals choosing not to vote and having candidates win by default. "Elections have consequences," she explains."So we're kind of living with the consequences of the 2016 election." 

Although the NAACP does not endorse candidates, Flowers is urging everyone to do their civic duty, "We want people to exercise their right to vote, however you vote." 

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Pritzker and his campaign are demanding a jury trial, but experts say the case will likely not be resolved before election day, on November sixth.

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