Illinois Governor JB Pritzker officially announced his re-election campaign this week, and although he spent more than $ 170 million during the 2018 race, it is unclear how far into his wallet he will be ready for that campaign grasp.

Pritzker, who will seek a second term as governor in next year’s elections, disagreed when asked by NBC 5’s Mary Ann Ahern how much he would spend on the 2022 race, saying his focus is solely on mileage ” robust “campaign trying to help Democrats win their race.

“My focus is on running a robust campaign and making sure we vote up and down the Democrats, not just myself,” he said. “We have constitutional officials running for re-election and people running for county executive seats, as well as a state representative and a state senate (so I’ll spend it) like I did in 2018 when we founded Blue Wave Illinois help everyone to drive the ticket up and down. “

According to Campaign Funding Records, during his 2018 bid to oust former Governor Bruce Rauner, Pritzker spent $ 171.5 million of his own money, which had also spent significant sums in his unsuccessful re-election campaign.

Pritzker has already drawn a Democratic challenger in the 2022 primary, as Beverly Miles, a Chicago nurse and U.S. Army veteran, announced a campaign for the nomination. At least three Republicans have already jumped into the field, including State Sen. Darren Bailey, who filed several legal challenges against Pritzker’s orders during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as businessman Gary Rabine and former State Sen. Paul Schimpf.

All three Republican candidates have spoken out loudly against Pritzker, with Bailey accusing the governor of “buying” the election.

“Today our failed Liberal Governor JB Pritzker announced that he would try to buy another election,” Bailey said in a press release. “Billionaires like Pritzker cannot relate to the struggles of working Illinois and families.”

Pritzker dismissed this criticism, saying that his election spending will be used solely to get his message across with the Democratic Party in Illinois.

“I’m just focusing on making sure we get the message out,” he said.

Pritzker also said he would continue to plan to help Democrats across the country during the upcoming midterm elections, but stressed that he did not speak to President Joe Biden about strategy or finances when the two met last week at the White House.

“I’ve always been a supporter of Democrats across the country,” he said.