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On July 1, the Illinois State Board of Elections received numerous election challenges, including against several presidential candidates and a local congressional candidate.

State Board of Elections records show that a Springfield resident is behind the challenge of 27-year-old Chibu Asonye, ​​who is running as the Green Party candidate in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. The Champaign resident entered the race in late June, joining U.S. Rep. Nikki Budzinski (D-Springfield) and Republican challenger Josh Loyd.

Carolyn Cochran Kopel, who filed an objection Monday morning, has supported the Democratic incumbent in both of her campaigns. Budzinski has a significant funding advantage over Loyd, and according to the Federal Election Commission, Kopel has contributed $6,350 to her campaign this election cycle alone.

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The Asonye campaign team did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Further details on the appeal will be announced on July 9, when the Elections Commission will appoint a hearing officer and officially begin the process.

Challenges for RFK Jr., Jill Stein

In the presidential election, the nomination papers of independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Green Party candidate Jill Stein were challenged by individuals supported by Democrats, while Republicans filed lawsuits against Constitution Party candidate Randall Terry and the Libertarian Party placeholder candidate.

These challenges come as doubts are looming over President Joe Biden’s longevity, with some Democrats saying he should drop out of the race after his shaky debate performance in late June.

Biden is expected to meet with Democratic governors at the White House on Wednesday to discuss the future of his campaign and their efforts to unseat former President Donald Trump in November. Gov. JB Pritzker will be in attendance. He was also involved in an earlier conference call with the Democratic Governors Association, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Pritzker’s name has been floated as a possible replacement for Biden, as the governor’s personal wealth as an heir to the Hyatt hotel could quickly launch a national campaign if needed. Despite these calls, however, he has remained a staunch supporter of Biden.

The debate, Pritzker said in a statement, only made the choice between Biden and Trump clearer. Trump lost Illinois by more than 17 percentage points in 2016 and 2020.

“Donald Trump has lied, babbled and misled the American people at every turn about a second Trump term, but voters will not be fooled,” the governor said. “He is a man who has bragged about stripping women of their reproductive rights, who has tried to cut health care for millions of Americans, who has shipped jobs overseas and sold out the middle class to the richest bidders. Trump’s second term will only get worse.”

While the governor still stands behind Biden, others like Democratic U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas believe the president should resign. That is a decision only Biden can make, Pritzker told CNN later Tuesday night before the meeting, describing the talks among Democrats as “healthy.”

Biden, who has not spoken to Pritzker since the debate, needs to communicate more with Democratic leaders and voters, the governor said. Polls suggest that because of the president’s performance at the debate, voters think he should be replaced so Democrats have a better chance of defending the Oval Office.

“When you come out of a bad debate, you have to remind people why you’re the right person to vote for,” Pritzker told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins. “I know Joe Biden will do that in the next few weeks, at least that’s what I expect him to do.”

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