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Primary for shot at Durbin a dilemma for GOP

Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:52 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Choosing a challenger to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin creates a dilemma over who's the best Republican candidate to top the party ticket in the fall.

State Sen. Jim Oberweis is a dairy magnate who's run twice for the office unsuccessfully and has been known for verbal gaffes about immigrants and abortion. Doug Truax is a West Point graduate and businessman with little name recognition.

There's more at stake than the Senate race. The GOP Senate candidate's name also will appear in November above a crucial governor's race the GOP believes it can win after years of Democrat control.

Truax says he's the kind of new face the GOP needs to attract younger and independent voters.

Oberweis says he brings experience and name recognition needed to win and will help Republicans.

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