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Governor’s race price tag: $150 million — and it’s only half over

On March 20, 2018, J.B. Pritzker, left, celebrates winning the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, while Gov. Bruce Rauner, right, celebrates his GOP primary victory, also in Chicago. | AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

On March 20, 2018, J.B. Pritzker, left, celebrates winning the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Chicago while Gov. Bruce Rauner, right, celebrates his GOP primary victory, also in Chicago. | AP Photos/Charles Rex Arbogast and Nam Y. Huh

The two men vying to be Illinois’ next governor have already spent more than $132 million.

And that’s just for the primary.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner dished out more than $63 million, and Democratic J.B. Pritzker spent $68 million, from Dec. 2016 until the end of March, according to expenditures filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections.

That’s $176 per vote for Rauner, and $119 for Pritzker.

Add in the money shelled out by Rauner’s and Pritzker’s primary rivals, and the spending tops $150 million.

It’s more proof that the Illinois governor’s race is already living up to expectations that it will break a record $280 million spent in California’s 2010 gubernatorial race — and candidates have already raised more than those candidates did during that cycle.

Rauner spent $63,809,833.98 from December 2016 until the end of March, according campaign finance reports.

Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to his supporters on primary election night, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Chicago. (AP File Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Rauner took in $608,972.11 in contributions during the first three months of the year, according to the quarterly report filed Monday for contributions received from January 1 through March 31.

He spent $17,706,536.53, which also included more than $360,000 in transfers to other Republican campaign committees. The majority of Rauner’s expenditures went towards TV ad buys. He spent $11,507,820 on media buys with Target Enterprises LLC, a California company. He also spent an additional $305,000 to pay for an ad for Republican attorney general candidate Erika Harold.

Pritzker reported more than $34 million in contributions, with all coming from his own deep pockets. He spent $34,045,895.32 in the final months of the campaign, and still has $8.1 million on hand. Pritzker has offered no signs he’ll set a limit on his self-contributions.

Gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker and his running mate, Juliana Stratton, celebrate their win in the Democratic primary on Tuesday. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, who gave Rauner a run for his money in the primary, spent about $12.58 per vote. She garnered 341,836 statewide votes, while spending about $4.3 million since first announcing her run.

Ives received $3.926 million in contributions, with $2.5 million from Richard Uihlein and $20,000 from conservative radio host Dan Proft. Illinois Policy Institute CEO John Tillman also contributed $5,000 to Ives’ campaign.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives greets supporters at her election night party in Glen Ellyn, Ill. on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. (AP photo / Daily Herald, Mark Black))

The bulk of Ives’ campaign money — $2.74 million — was spent on advertising. She also spent $385,680 on a pamphlet called “The Governor You Don’t Know: The Other Side of Bruce Rauner,” which was published and sent out to voters’ homes.

On the Democratic side of the race, state Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston, reported $2.825 million in contributions. He spent $5.854 million in the waning days of the election, namely on big media buys that had his face emblazoned on TV screens. His total campaign spending was $7,452,241.

At the end of the period, he had just $94,558.64.

Chris Kennedy, who came in third place in the Democratic primary, reported $3,234,165.22 in contributions, and spent $3.896 million this year, bringing his campaign total to $6,900,087.27 . He had $74,563.72 cash on hand at the end of the reporting period, filing show.

In the Illinois Attorney General’s race, Republican Erika Harold reported $332,999.44 in contributions and $259,182.58 in expenditures. Harold has $91,557.23 on hand. Rauner donated $305,000 to her primary campaign and is expected to provide financial backing ahead of the November election.

Erika Harold, left, Republican candidate for attorney general in Illinois looks over polling data with her sister Alexandra Domercant Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. File Photo. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Her Democratic opponent, state Sen Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, had not yet filed his quarterly report as of 9:45 p.m.

In the lead up to the February 2019 mayoral race, Mayor Rahm Emanuel reported $283,750 in contributions, including transfers, for the latest filing period. He spent $160,295.52 and has more than $2.2 million on hand.

Paul Vallas formed his mayoral committee on April 2, and wasn’t yet required to file a report. And former Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy reported $91,445.85 on hand.

Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th), who told reporters Monday that he is seeking to extend his half-century City Council tenure, is sitting on nearly $10 million in campaign funds. The powerful Council Finance Committee chairman reported $2,918,724.93 cash on hand in the two campaign funds he controls and another $6,923,044.69 tied up in investments.