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Illinois governor says Greitens should step down

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner agrees that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should resign.

Republican Rauner said Thursday he is "deeply troubled" by a Missouri House committee's report of an allegation that Greitens coerced a woman into sex. He agrees with calls in Missouri that the Republican resign in "the best interest" of the state.

The report Wednesday included a woman's claim that Greitens slapped and threatened her during sexual encounters in 2015. Greitens insists that the relationship was consensual and rejects allegations of violence but he has been indicted for invasion of privacy for allegedly blackmailing a woman with a photograph of her.

Greitens appeared in a Rauner re-election campaign ad last year. The ad was pulled in January after Greitens acknowledged he had been "unfaithful" in his marriage.

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