By John Dodge
CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois GOP gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford has sent notice to television media outlets that he is pulling his campaign ads.READ MORE: Mayor Lori Lightfoot Sets Goal To Get 77% Of Eligible Chicagoans Vaccinated By End Of The Year
The statewide cancellation is effective immediately.
However, campaign officials will decide to resume advertising later in the month, sources said.
Rutherford, the state’s treasurer, is locked in a battle with front-runner Bruce Rauner.READ MORE: 1 Killed, 13 Wounded In Mass Shooting At Kroger Grocery Near Memphis, Tenn.
Rauner, a millionaire businessman, has been running television ads for months.
State senators Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard are also running for the nomination.
The candidates are scheduled to debate tonight in Springfield.MORE NEWS: Body Found In Illinois River Confirmed To Be Missing Illinois State University Student Jelani Day
Last week, Rutherford was accused of sexually harassing a former state worker. Rutherford strongly denies and charge and believes it is politically motivated.