CHICAGO — Election results still trickling in Thursday made it clear Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn won his extremely close bid for a full term, avoiding the fate of other Democratic governors and adding pressure on his Republican challenger to concede.
The former lieutenant governor, Quinn inherited the governor's mansion nearly two years ago when lawmakers ousted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich after his arrest on federal corruption charges for trying to sell Barack Obama's old Senate seat to the highest bidder. Tuesday's election gave him his first full term.
Quinn held on to office even as many other Democratic governors were voted out and Republicans in Illinois claimed Obama's old Senate seat, along with a majority of the state's congressional delegation.
An Associated Press analysis of uncounted votes from absentee and other ballots showed that Republican Bill Brady, a state senator, won't be able to overcome the just more than 19,400-vote lead Quinn held with 100 percent of the state's precincts reporting.