Illinois voters went to the polls Tuesday to select their candidates for governor, Secretary of State, and other federal, state, and local offices. The voter turnout rate was 20% as the polls closed Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
The biggest election results of the evening were:
Incumbent JB Pritzker was the projected winner beating Beverly Miles for the Democratic nomination for Governor. Pritzker received 92% of the vote. Miles received 8% of the vote. Pritzker will face State Senator Darren Bailey, who won the Republican nomination, in the general election on November 8th.
In his victory speech, Pritzker’s stated he was confident he would beat Bailey in November. “Let me be clear, someone who seeks out and accepts the endorsement of a racist misogynistic, homophobic, xenophobic, twice impeached former president does not deserve to come anywhere near the state’s highest office,” says Pritzker.
Jonathan Jackson, son of Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., was the projected winner of the Illinois 1st Congressional District, will replace Bobby Rush, who served 15 terms. Jackson received 28.0% of the vote. Third Ward Alderman Pat Dowell, who came in second, received 19.2% of the vote. Seventeen Democratic candidates vied for Congressman Bobby Rush’s seat.
Jackson spoke to his supporters at DuSable Museum of African American History and said he would fight for the southside. “I ran on the campaign of guns, gas, and groceries. We got some challenges that are ahead of us. This is a fight for the future of our nation. The southside has been left behind. I want you to know the southside of Chicago matters. The southside of Chicago is going to Washington, D.C, with me. When I win, you win.” says Jackson.
Kari K. Steele, president of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, was defeated by Incumbent Fritz Kaegi for Cook County Assessor.
Steele thanked her supporters on her Facebook page. “First, I want to thank all voters in Cook County who exercised their Constitutional right to freely and fairly cast a ballot in today’s primary election, a right that is under assault elsewhere in the United States. Second, I want to thank my family, my friends, and my supporters for believing in me and my vision of a more balanced, more stable, and more equitable property tax assessment system in Cook County that plays no favorites,” says Steele. Kaegi received 53.62% of the vote. Steele received 46.38% of the vote. Kaegi will face Libertarian candidate Nico Tsatsoulis in November.
In a tight race in the 7th Congressional District, incumbent Danny Davis defeated challenger Kina Collins for the second time. Davis received 52% of the vote. Collins received 45% of the vote.
Incumbent Toni Preckwinkle beat challenger Richard Boykin, who conceded the race, for Cook County Board President. Preckwinkle received 75% of the vote. Boykin received 25% of the vote.
“I’m grateful that Cook County voters have entrusted me to run the nation’s second-largest county in the country for the past twelve years and look forward to all the good work that lies ahead,” says Preckwinkle.
Alderman of the 17th Ward, David Moore, was defeated by former Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias who won the Democratic nomination for Illinois Secretary of State. Giannoulias received 53% of the vote. Moore received 9% of the vote. Giannoulias will face Republican Dan Brady in the general election.
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