Although Gov. Pat Quinn waited until Wednesday, Nov. 5, to concede the election to opponent Bruce Rauner instead of admitting defeat on election night, results won’t be fully official until the end of the month.
After refusing to throw in the towel Tuesday night — even as Rauner and his camp declared victory — Quinn later conceded the following afternoon.
However, Executive Director of the State Board of Elections, Rupert Borgsmiller, said certification of election winners isn’t expected until Nov. 30.
State election officials know there was slightly more than 346,000 absentee ballots requested, but that doesn’t take into account those who ditched their absentee ballot and voted in person at their polling place on Tuesday.
That number also doesn’t include any grace period provisional ballots cast on election day.
While the race for governor appears to be settled, there is a too-close-to-call state treasurer’s race between Republican Tom Cross and Democrat Mike Frerichs.
The position has traditionally been a stepping-stone to higher offices for several politicians over the years. Both candidates are state lawmakers, and their camps were reported to be closely watching the ballot count even 24 hours after the polls closed.
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that votes were counted from 99 percent of precincts, showing Cross leading Frerichs by less than 23,000 votes out of nearly 3.4 million. That translates into 48.2 percent for Cross compared to 47.6 percent for Frerichs. Libertarian Matthew Skopek took roughly 4 percent of votes.
On Wednesday, Cross’ campaign manager announced on Twitter that fewer than one-half of one percent of votes still needed to be counted, but the candidate was not declaring victory.
As for other state offices, such as comptroller, attorney general and secretary of state, the incumbents were able to hold on to their seats.
This story is from Illinois News Network.