Jesse White to Announce Re-Election Bid

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is gearing up to announce a re-election bid for a fifth term in office.

Campaign spokesman Dave Druker says White will make it official Thursday morning at a downtown Chicago hotel. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to attend.

The 79-year-old Democrat has easily won his previous elections and any Republican challenger would have a difficult time beating White. White served as a state representative for 16 years and as Cook County recorder of deeds.

He's also known for the Jesse White Tumbling Team, a gymnastics group he founded for children living in public housing. He still performs with the group.

Illinois GOP officials tell the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers ( that they are still talking to potential candidates.

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