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Will Illinois Republicans Finally Get a Nominee?

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Will Illinois Republicans Finally Get a Nominee?

(AP/File)

There could be some finality Friday in the Republican race for Illinois Governor.

The state board of elections will meet in Springfield to proclaim the results from the February 2nd primary. This normally technical step has gained increased importance this year, thanks to the tight Republican primary for governor.

Estimates from the campaigns and media peg Bill Brady’s victory over fellow state senator Kirk Dillard at several hundred votes. That was close enough for Dillard to hold off on conceding, saying he wants the state to release a final tally.

Dillard has scheduled a press conference in Chicago for early Friday afternoon to announce his plans. He’d previously said he would only pursue a ballot recount if he lost by a margin that was “very, very, very small.” Brady’s campaign says he plans to meet with reporters shortly after Dillard makes his announcement.

The winner faces Democratic Governor Pat Quinn and the Green Party’s Rich Whitney in November.

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