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Dillard (finally) concedes; Brady wins nomination

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– Not unexpected news…

SPRINGFIELD – More than a month after voters went to the polls, state Sen. Bill Brady was formally declared the winner of the hard-fought Republican primary for governor.

With little fanfare, the Illinois State Board of Elections said the Bloomington real estate developer beat his closest rival, state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, by 193 votes.

Shortly after the announcement, Dillard conceded to Brady. He had said that if the margin was more than 100 votes, he would not seek a recount.

Full story courtesy of the H&R.

So the month-long spectacle has officially ended. Like I noted, Dillard’s announcement wasn’t out of the blue, but it’s still good news that the primary is officially over. In the mean time, we have a long haul ahead of us until the November election. To put it into comparison, our primary lasted for longer than a month. Yet no other state has yet to have their primary. So prepare to be completely exhausted by the campaign by, let’s say, June.

Because the jabs have already begun. From a Quinn press release:

The Republican nominee is from the extreme right wing of the party and far from the mainstream of Illinois voters. In his legislative career, Senator Bill Brady has voted against the Family Medical Leave Act, equal pay for men and women, and raising the minimum wage.

Full release.

– So how close was Brady’s victory? Incredibly close:

– A total of 767,485 votes was cast in the seven-way GOP gubernatorial primary election, with Brady receiving 155,527 votes and Dillard receiving 155,334. The margin separating the candidates was about 0.03 percent of the total votes cast.

– Illinois has 102 counties. Brady won by less than 2 votes per county.

– The state also has 11,215 voting precincts. Dillard would have needed only one more vote for every 57 precincts to overcome Brady.


– Three other races in February’s primary saw the nominee win by a slimmer vote margin than in the GOP race. But fewer than 450 total votes were cast in each of those races.

I wrote this story that crunches the numbers. Check it out.

And a quick graph that I worked on yesterday:

I made the graph using Google Fusion Tables, which I actually stumbled upon after going to the blog run by the Trib’s news applications team. Great Google resource and a great Trib blog. Check them both out!

I digress. The point is Dillard was close but in the end didn’t quite get enough support. In the mean time, prepare yourself for a very long and drawn-out general election season. Because it’s already started.

Written by csessig

March 6, 2010 at 1:43 pm

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