"Well, this is like and NBA basketball game. I wanna be in it in the last 2 minutes and clearly it's between myself and the Chicago billionare friend of Rahm Emanuel's," said Sen. Kirk Dillard, a republican candidate for Illinois governor.
Senator Kirk Dillard is referring to frontrunner Bruce Rauner. Their political battle could come down to the wire on Tuesday's primary election. Now, nearly a dozen local leaders are trying to give Dillard one final boost. They all openly endorsed him Wednesday because they feel he can help turn around Northern Illinois.
"Here's a guy that has actually proven, been through the exercise and that's what we need right now experience. The others are fine candidates but Senator Dillard, he's a cut above, he's what we need for Illinois right now," said Scott Christiansen, Winnebago County Board Chairman.
"We need someone who can unify the State of Illinois and I think he's the guy who can do it," said Sen. Dave Syverson (R-35th District).
It's support the republican says could make a big difference to his campaign.
"Being endorsed today by 4 Northern Illinois county board chairmen as well as a number of local mayors as the Northern Illinois candidate... greatly enhances my chances of getting elected next Tuesday," said Sen. Dillard.
With just one week left, the gap between Dillard and Rauner is narrowing. A WGN Chicago Tribune polls shows Dillard surging but still 13 percentage points separate the two. When the latest 'We Ask America' automated tracking poll took away the undecided option, it showed Rauner still has a commanding lead.
But the polls aren't slowing Dillard down ahead of Tuesday.
"Going in I feel good" Dillard said. "Momentum is on my side and its like a wave coming to shore you know you're going to get pushed up on over the sand and that's what I want on Tuesday night."