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CHICAGO (AP) - The Associated Press asked candidates how they would explain to voters why they are running for Illinois governor if they had to sum it up in a 140-character Tweet. Here are the responses:

REPUBLICANS:

State Sen. Bill Brady

"Brady's experience and leadership will mean lower taxes, less government, more jobs, more opportunity and better representation #ForAllOfIllinois."

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State Sen. Kirk Dillard

"I love Illinois. We need an accountable and ethical gov't. I'll ensure our kids & families get great education, jobs & a good quality of life"

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Businessman Bruce Rauner

"We need to create a booming economy, lower taxes and spending, dramatically improve education and enact term limits on career politicians"

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State Treasurer Dan Rutherford

"No. 1 priority is creating and keeping jobs in Illinois-putting people to work makes our families and Illinois stronger"

DEMOCRATS:

Gov. Pat Quinn

Declined to participate.

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Anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman

"I'm running for Governor to bring an immediate end to Machine Politics in Illinois and to help bring integrity back to state politics."

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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