Brady Says He Won’t Concede Yet
Cook County officials are still counting ballots in the neck-and-neck race for Illinois governor, but whether there are enough that favor Republican Bill Brady to put him over the top is in question.
It will likely be a month before Illinois finds out who won Tuesday's gubernatorial race. Brady currently trails incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn by about 8,300 votes. At a Press Conference in Bloomington, Brady told reporters he is waiting for all the ballots to be counted and certified by the State Election Board.
"Our campaign continues to wait for the results," Brady said, noting that the difference between him and Quinn is less than one vote per precinct. "We believe we will win."
There are a total of 16,500 military ballots that have not been counted, including just over 28,000 that went out late from 36 counties.
As more precincts' returns roll in this week, Burt Odelson, an attorney for Quinn's campaign, said Tuesday night that he will monitor the incoming figures.
"There not enough votes down state to make up the difference between what's left in Cook County and what's left downstate," Odelson said. "So Pat Quinn's going to win the election."
Once all votes are counted, the State Board of Elections must certify the results.
The loser in this gubernatorial race can then ask for a "discovery recount" enabling him to check over a quarter of the ballots in each jurisdiction. If the candidate believes it is warranted, he may contest the election.
Some experts say absentee ballots could tip the scales. As long as they were postmarked on time, officials have extra days to factor in those ballots.
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