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Twitterverse Goes Crazy After Candidate Rauner Orders Portillo's Hot Dog With Ketchup

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Order made after Illinois Gubernatorial candidate visits suburban Portillo's.

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Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

The Twitterverse exploded Tuesday night after video footage captured Illinois gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner violating the most basic Chicago food law.
Rauner, the Republican candidate campaigning in Northwest suburban Vernon Hills amidst a ferocious race against incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn, stopped at the village's Portillo's on Tuesday.

Eventually, Rauner makes his way to the counter. Check out 39 seconds into this Daily Herald video to watch Rauner order three hot dogs: One with everything, one plain with nothing on it and the third with mustard and ketchup.

Ordering a hot dog with ketchup in Chicago is always a gutsy move. It's an especially courageous move by a candidate involved in a close race with less than a week before Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Social media reacted strongly, with several Tweets claiming Rauner's order had cost him the election. Superdawg on Chicago's northwest side asked this important question:

Rauner's camp responds to ketchupgate:

Rainier's camp response to ketchup allegation: So first it was the gubernatorial garlic schism over the Olive Garden, and now ketchup on a hot dog? Quinn's campaign responded on social media with a diagram on how to construct a Chicago-style hot dog: