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Might be some time for GOP governor's race to be concluded

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[February 03, 2010]  With 98 percent of the vote in this morning, the governor's race on the Republican side of the primary is too close to call.

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 percent.

Brady, a professed sociall conservative, came out of nowhere on voting day. No poll gave the Bloomington senator the nod in the race.

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 elections.

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..


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