March 5th, 2010
01:10 PM ET
4 years ago

Yes, Virginia, there is an Illinois gubernatorial nominee

Washington (CNN) - Illinois Republicans finally have a nominee for governor, 31 days after voters finished casting their ballots.

State Sen. Bill Brady prevailed over his colleague and rival, fellow GOP state Sen. Kirk Dillard, for the right to challenge Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn in the November general election.

The long and protracted contest ended Friday when the state's top elections officials met to certify the results of the February 2 gubernatorial primary, in which Brady narrowly beat Dillard by a margin of 193 votes.

Brady garnered 155,527 votes compared to 155,334 votes for Dillard.

Dillard has scheduled a news conference Friday afternoon in Chicago where he is expected to officially concede the race.

On the Democratic side, Quinn, who took office after the scandal-plagued Rod Blagojevich was removed from office last year, narrowly edged his primary opponent, state comptroller Dan Hynes, who did not concede until several days after the primary. Quinn received 462,049 votes compared to 453,677 votes for Hynes.

Two leading campaign handicappers, Stu Rothenberg and Charlie Cook, each have said the general election contest will be a toss-up.


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  1. Scratching my head

    The title of this article makes absolutely no sense. What does Virginia have to do with an election in Illinois?

    March 5, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. T'SAH from Virginia

    What does VIRGINIA have to do with this?????

    March 5, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Fed Up

    Great, now we Illinoisians have no viable candidate for governor. Republican Brady is just as unacceptable as Democrat Quinn. The other Republican, Dillard, was the only decent choice and now he is out of the picture.

    November is looking to be very depressing as far as finding electable choices is concerned.

    March 5, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Steph

    Ahhhh, you gotta love Illinois! Always in interesting political story there.

    March 5, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Nov. 3 Headline: Quinn wins four more

    If Dillard had won there would still be a chance for the GOPs to win. McKenna and Ryan messed things up tremendously for the GOP in 2010.

    Brady gained 40k additional votes from the last Gov. race ... and? He barely won this contest. [Yes I know there were 7 candidates in this contest...] Brady does not have money, thinks it's an OK idea to GAS animals...but wait, when people find out about it his campaign manager makes him say, "oh wait, no-no-no, I was never for this, I just had to listen to my constituents and I heard his idea but was never for it..." bull.

    With Quinn and Brady as the candidates we might be competing with MI to see which residents can flee the state the fastest.

    March 5, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    The Dems have a strangle hold in Illinois........some would say a corruption stranglehold.....so it is unlikely a GOP candidate will be successful......but if they were, perhaps some of the corruption would go away.

    March 5, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. mac

    Stu and Charlie need to start reading some Illinois newspapers. Brady has already stumbled and embarrassed himself badly over the past week or two. I mean, there are many Republicans who are now wishing Dillard would have asked for a recount.

    March 5, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. Rick

    Like it even matters, anyone living in the state knows that Chicago will elect a Decomcrat from their city, the rest of the state just has to put up with them.

    March 5, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Mac from Louisiana

    Bill Brady gave a 5,000 Scholarship to a family of someone who donated 20,000 to his campaign. This is the truth and this corrupt and unethical politician should not be elected. Investigate CNN to find out for yourself.

    March 5, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. j

    That's too close to call... they should both run :)

    March 5, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. race matters...RAISING THE BAR

    Kirk was suppose to win, but Brady contest, if every politicians contest the election instead of going off of the exit poll strategy, then they will win, the elections are mostly rigged by using exit polls BS and no one contest for the most part. When someone contest the votes, then you realized that Oh,...the challenger who was the underdog actually is the winner, funny how that works...everytime....Regardless, Quinn will win!

    March 5, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Read the constitution

    Illinois has been run by the Democratic machine for over 8 years. We have now billions in unfundend pensions. We have an awful school system. We have an extremely high cumalitive tax rate. Illinois is the exact example why progressive/libearl/Dem polices fail!! Illinois is teetering on bankruptcy, and they have supermajority in senate and governorship for almost a decade.

    Dems-any comments???

    March 5, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. Wake Up

    Dem's have put illinois on the brink of bankruptcy. It is almost a straight decade of control of Governor's mansion, state senate and state house. What have they done wrong?
    * High taxes, therefore lowering unemployment
    * Answered only to Unions. Huge unfunded pensions (billions)
    * Corruption, Corruption, Corruption. Hiring scandels, Blago, no bid contracts...buyoffs– Rezko
    * Big, wasteful government.
    * Terrible schools. City of Chicago / Cook county is practically run like a mob organization by the dems.

    And now we have Obama to rule all of us!

    AMERICA, USE ILLINOIS AS A MODEL. WHEN RED, IT WAS THRIVING, NOW BLUE, WE ARE DYING.

    March 5, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Steph

    Dem or Rep...it doesn't matter. It seems all IL Governors end up in prison. Who would want that job?

    March 5, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. Nikki

    Well for those of you who never lived south of Chicago or in Illinois for that matter, the rest of Illinois is quite different. I went to a public school district in Central Illinois that had a nearly 100% graduation rate and almost everyone that did graduate were accepted into very good colleges. At the time of my graduation, only a handful were unsure of what they were going to be doing. The rest joined the military, myself being one of them. To say that what goes on in Chicago is what goes on in the rest of the state is unfair to the rest of us. Yes, Chicago is large and carries a lot of influence in the state government, but to the rest of the state, Chicago is its own little world.

    March 5, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. Sam Ellison

    As an Illinois Democrat, I agree that slimebags like Blago and other incumbents are to blame for our state's woes. But the answer is a new set of *ehtical* progressives , and not some knee-jerk reaction to the Republican side.

    But conservatives have been so conditioned to see only in black and white, they think that the only solution to a problem is the exact opposite, and in abundance. Don't like a few parts of the Health care bill? throw the whole thing out! A few bad apples running the state? Try the other party! Don't let 8 years of prosperity get in the way of your politics....

    March 5, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. jessica james

    I'm not sure what Virginia has to do with this.
    Well lived in IL for the last two years. I loved hearing about how Obama is the best thing that happened to America. The taxes are not high enough they need to raised to support this state and it's people. Blago is innocent. The rest of the nation should model it self after IL. Obama is trying to do that, I don't know why people are resisting the change he is bring. Chicago has a low unemployment rate, low taxes, great schools, safe city, and most off politicians that care about them.
    GO OBAMA!!! GO DEMS!!

    March 6, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |