J. B. Pritzker, Democrat, elected Governor of Illinois

Nov. 7, 2018: J. B. Pritzker, Democrat, defeated first-term incumbent Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, Republican, yesterday, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Rauner conceded his re-election race less than an hour after the polls closed, giving Democrats near total control of Illinois’ state government. Pritzker and Rauner broke national campaign funding records by tapping their personal fortunes for hundreds of millions of dollars. Unofficial results showed Pritzker, an heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune, holding a dominant margin of victory. Pritzker had 55 percent of the vote to Rauner’s 38 percent with 76 percent of precincts reporting voting results statewide. Conservative Party candidate Sam McCann and Libertarian Grayson “Kash” Jackson were pulling about 6 percent of the votes combined.

Attribution: The Chicago Tribune

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