In a surprise announcement at Wednesday's Democratic Party gathering in Springfield, comptroller candidate Duffy Blackburn told the crowd that he is suspending his campaign for statewide office and endorsing his opponent... Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon.
Blackburn was the first to announce that he would run for the Democratic nomination for comptroller in 2014, but then Simon also jumped into the race. Blackburn says his decision is in the best interest of the party and the state.
The move clears a path for Simon to face popular GOP incumbent Judy Baar Topinka in the November 2014 general election.