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Illinois Primary Election 2022

The race for Illinois governor isn't just one of the biggest races to watch in the state -- it's also the most expensive.

And not only is spending for the 2022 Illinois Gubernatorial Primary the most expensive in state history, it's also on track to be the most expensive, non-presidential race ever in the country.

According to the Illinois State Board of Elections, more than $216 million total has been spent among eight candidates -- two Democrats, including incumbent Gov. J.B. Pritzker, and six Republicans.

This cycle alone, Pritzker spent $129.55 million. In 2018, Pritzker spent $171.5 million in total on his campaign.

Pritzker is running for a second term, facing one opponent in the Democratic primary, while six candidates are vying for the GOP nomination in the November general election.

Each Republican has spent months trying to showcase his conservative credentials -- as well as questioning those of his opponents in scathing attacks -- as they all try to appeal to the GOP base.

Before you head to the polls on Election Day, here's what you need to know about the six Republicans vying for a spot on your November ballot.

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