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Early voting numbers strong ahead of Trump, Pence visits to Central Illinois

Several campaign signs are posted outside the Peoria County Election Commission, Friday June...
Several campaign signs are posted outside the Peoria County Election Commission, Friday June 17, 2021 in Peoria, IL.(25 News / Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Jun. 17, 2022 at 5:37 PM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Less than two weeks before the Illinois primary elections, early voting numbers in Peoria County are strong.

Thousands have already voted early and by mail in Peoria County alone. The hot ticket race on the ballot is the Republican Gubernatorial Primary. But there’s more down ballot races following the redrawing of Illinois’ congressional districts.

“I think we’re going to end 100% up from where we were four years ago,” Peoria County Election Commission Executive Director Tom Bride said. “The way [the new districts] were drawn, they made some primaries much more competitive because some people got drawn together... Illinois doesn’t have a whole lot of competitive competitive congressional races in the Fall. so really some of those are going to be decided at the primary level.”

Even some national politicians are taking notice. In the next week, both former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence will make separate stops in Central Illinois. Pence will be the keynote speaker at the Peoria and Tazewell County GOP’s Lincoln Day Dinner Monday at the Peoria Civic Center.

“It’s an opportunity to come together, for like-minded people to come together and talk about the issues and move forward for the next year,” Tazewell County GOP Chairman Jim Rule said.

Trump will stump in West Central Illinois at the Adams County Fairgrounds, 15 miles north of Quincy, next Saturday, June 25, bringing more attention to a contentious race in the newly-drawn 15th Congressional District. The race is between current 13th District incumbent Rodney Davis and current 15th District incumbent and already Trump-endorsed Mary Miller.

“I’m not positive if the campaign stops have as much to do with what’s going on in Illinois, or if some of this isn’t positioning for two years from now,” Bride said.

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