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Republican state senator from Macoupin County will make third-party run for governor

Illinois state Sen. Sam McCann, who is running as the Conservative Party candidate for governor.
Illinois state Sen. Sam McCann, who is running as the Conservative Party candidate for governor.

An Illinois state senator's announcement that he will run for governor as a Conservative Party candidate drew quick responses from Republicans.

"Sam McCain is the worst kind of political opportunist who is only running for governor to line his own pockets," said Will Allison, campaign communications director for Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's campaign. The release by Rauner's campaign accused McCann of failing to pay taxes, lying about Marine Corp service and more.

McCann lives in Plainview, in Macoupin County, and represents a district that stretches from Madison County to the Springfield area.

Democratic candidate J.B. Pritzker wrote in a release that he welcomes another candidate in the race, describing Rauner as a "failed governor."

The Illinois Republican Party, in a news release, said McCann's donations have come from labor unions that have already endorsed Pritzker. The release also said some of McCann's reported expenses "amounted to several lump-sum payments" to himself, which the party says is prohibited.

The release alleges McCann's interest in the campaign is as "spoiler," with his goal being a post in any future Pritzker administration.

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