Bruce Rauner Defeats Pat Quinn; Quinn Refuses to Concede
CHICAGO – Vowing to “Shake up Springfield,” Republican Bruce Rauner claimed victory in the gubernatorial election Tuesday night. With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Rauner defeated Governor Pat Quinn by a 51-46% margin. Libertarian Chad Grimm won 3 percent of the vote.
Rauner, who was seeking political office for the first time, promised to change the structure and operation of state government. He pledged to work toward bipartisan solutions. Rauner says two of his first calls after claiming victory were to House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton -- Chicago Democrats whose support Rauner needs to get anything accomplished. During the campaign, he criticized them as part of "the Chicago Machine."
Quinn said he would not concede until outstanding ballots in Chicago and Cook County are tallied. That process could take days. Rauner's victory marks the first time Republicans have been in control of Illinois' Executive Mansion since 2003.
As much as $100,000,000 was spent between the two candidates, making it one of the most expensive campaigns in the country. Much of it was spent on aggressively negative TV attack ads.