- Associated Press - Thursday, March 13, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH’-ur-furd) says it’s been a very difficult six weeks for his gubernatorial bid, but he’s still facing the cameras.

Rutherford is locked in a four-way Republican primary. His campaign took a hit when a former employee filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and political coercion. Rutherford denies the allegations and says facts of the case will come out eventually. He’s had to repeatedly defend himself on the campaign trail.

He and the other candidates participated in their final debate ahead of the primary Thursday at Chicago’s WTTW-TV. The other candidates are businessman Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur) and state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard.

Rutherford was asked if his candidacy was a “nonfactor.” He says if it wasn’t he wouldn’t have participated in the debate.