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.