Quinn Declares Win, But Results Not Final
By John Gramlich, Staff Writer
Gov. Pat Quinn declared victory in the Democratic primary for Illinois governor on Tuesday (Feb. 2), but challenger Dan Hynes refused to concede. State Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard were neck-and-neck for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and recounts are possible.
According to The Chicago Tribune , Hynes, the state comptroller, trailed Quinn by fewer than 6,000 votes. Brady and Dillard each had about 20 percent of the vote in the six-way Republican race and were separated by about 1,500 votes, The Tribune reported.
Other state-level races also were too close to call. Scott Lee Cohen claimed the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor, but Jason Plummer and Matt Murphy were too close to call on the Republican side of the race.
In the race to replace Hynes as state comptroller, no winner had been declared between Democrats David Miller and S. Raja Krishnamoorthi. Judy Baar Topinka won the Republican nomination.
Quinn is the first incumbent governor to face the voters this year, and he did so in a state beset by fiscal problems. Though he took office in the wake of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's (D) arrest on corruption charges, Blagojevich was only a footnote in the Democratic primary, which centered on the state's money woes.