Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has narrowly defeated his Republican challenger. An AP analysis of uncounted votes from absentee and other ballots shows state Sen. Bill Brady won't be able to overcome the just more than 19,400-vote lead Quinn holds with 100 percent of precincts reporting Thursday.
Brady has said he won't concede until all votes are counted, including absentee ballots from military members serving outside Illinois. State officials have until Dec. 3 to certify all results. Quinn inherited the governor's mansion nearly two years ago when lawmakers ousted Rod Blagojevich after his arrest on federal corruption charges. He campaigned on a proposal to raise the state income tax by one-third as Illinois struggles with a deficit that could top $15 billion.
Here is Governor Pat Quinn's statement:
"After nearly 10 months of the gubernatorial campaign, the decision of who would serve the residents of Illinois for the next four years was placed in the hands of the voters. And they have spoken. With 100 percent of the precincts recorded and declaration of victory by the Associated Press, the outcome is decisive. Now, the Governor believes it's imperative that him and other elected officials serving Illinois return their focus to the serious issues our state faces. It will take nothing less than everyone's full, collective efforts to address these challenges and ensure that the economic recovery we’ve begun continues and is strengthened. The Governor carries with him the high expectations, hopes and dreams of the people of Illinois, and he will work tirelessly to continue to deliver results to all of our state’s residents in the coming years." -- Mica Matsoff, Campaign Spokesperson