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Truax, Oberweis Make Final Push Before Primaries

Both men appeared at the DoubleTree hotel in Bloomington for a chance to meet with McLean County Republican Party members.
BLOOMINGTON - Two men are making a final push to win the Republican nomination for senator: Jim Oberweis and Doug Truax.

Both appeared at the DoubleTree hotel in Bloomington for a chance to meet with McLean County Republican Party members.

Truax admits Oberweis has higher name recognition, but he says his experience outside of politics makes him a better choice. The candidates agree that incumbent Dick Durbin will have a good battle on his hands.

"People are looking for a change,” said Truax. “They're looking for a non-politician, someone who can really go in there and take it to them and make sure our message is sent, tell them, ‘Hey Dick Durbin, we know you've been working hard, but it's just not working out. It's time to go.’"

"I haven't compromised my principles,” said Oberweis. “I have a 100 percent approval rating for voting by the American Conservative Union, so I've been able to work with the other side without compromising those principles and I think that's very important as well."

So far, Truax says he's raised more money from outside sources than Oberweis. Oberweis has more money for his campaign than Truax.

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