State Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, is holding on to a narrow lead
over the favorite, state Sen. Kirk Dillard. Andy McKenna is running
a close third.
With 98 percent of the precincts reporting, Brady's
figure was 155,091 to Dillard's 154,340, or 20 percent of the vote.
McKenna was a percentage point back of the pair at 146,687 and 19
Brady, a professed sociall conservative, came out of nowhere on
voting day. No poll gave the Bloomington senator the nod in the
Brady said that he believed multiple candidates in the northern
part of the state, which diluted the upstate vote, gave him an
opportunity with a strong downstate vote total to fool the pundits
as well as the polls.
With absentee and military ballots yet to be counted and the fact
that a less than 1 percent difference in votes will give candidates
grounds to ask for a recount. In Illinois if a candidate receives at
least 95% of the votes of the winning candidate's total they can
file for a requested recount which must be approved by the board of
With the race so close, it seems likely whoever comes in second
and perhaps 3rd will request such a recount.
That would mean late March or early April before an official
Republican candidate for governor is announced..