Despite campaigning on behalf of Kirk Dillard, former Gov. Jim Edgar believes Bill Brady’s slim lead in the Republican primary election for governor will hold up.
As it stands, Brady, the state senator from Bloomington, holds a 406-vote lead over Dillard, the state senator from Hinsdale. Election officials are still waiting on absentee and provisional ballots to trickle in after the close of voting Tuesday.
“I’m saying this as if the 406 votes are going to hold up. I suspect it will,” Edgar said.
Actually, the latest AP tally now has the Brady lead at 420…
I would expect that perhaps Dillard may have already figured that out. Surely he can’t control what any of his endorsers say. Since Edgar is something of a mentor to Dillard surely Edgar gave his mentorly advice.
I’ve been touting Brady since the last election. Actually Rich, I think I am only one of a very few that has been singing Brady’s praises for the last several years. I worked very hard on his campaign over the last couple of months. Finally, the Illinois Republican ticket will have a conservative running for Governor. I’m so pumped.
Congrats! I am looking very foward to getting to know more about Brady and the type of governor he would like to be. Keep in mind that Illinois is a democratic leaning state, so while you are proud of Brady’s conservatism please be mindful that conservatism is not entirely what Illinoisans want. In other words most aren’t looking to be converted, so please just focus on the things that are of common interest and concern. Thanks.
Quinn-Cohen Ticket: I am more than aware that Illinois is a Democratic leaning State. But, I can remember a time not that long ago when that was not so. We have Kirk for the not-so-conservative anti-Democratic voters (might I also say for the Independents)?
I think Dillard would have caused the true conservatives to stay home.
But, Brady may actually push Kirk over the top. Kirk is very weak downstate and may not rally a lot of Conservative voters down here. Brady is exactly what the Republican ticket needed.
Democrats are thrilled with our GOP choice…bankrupt, southern IL ticket for gov and lt gov: http://blogs.chicago
I just talked to a friend of mine who said the Dillard team is in the DuPage Election Commission office looking at provisional ballots…I thought they couldn’t start a recount process until certification-perhaps someone could clarify the rules on how this process may work…
- Will County Woman - Thursday, Feb 4, 10 @ 9:41 pm:
geeze, if some of you feel this way about edgar how do you feel about topinka? no offense, but you guys might want to keep her in the background and let Brady and Mark Kirk be your headlining acts.
I’ve known Bill Brady for years. He is Mr. Clean. No dirt. How’s that gonna look in comparison with the Madigan-Quinn-Cohen-Cook Co. Machine sludgebucket? The Sludgebucket’s negative ads will be laughable stretches, at best!
Point of clarification: Brady is from Bloomington, and Bloomington is not “southern” Illinois. It’s about 2-2.5 hours from Chicago, and if you chopped the state in half, it would be in the northern half. I think sometimes those up near the city (I grew up on the suburbs, so I get it) have no idea how big the state actually is, and how little of the state - geographically speaking - Chicago and the suburbs represent.
As to your point, yes, I agree it may be a problem that the ticket is so heavily downstate. However, I think we’ll end up with a decent amount of money for our candidates, and I think Mark Kirk - a moderate suburbanite - will really help balance out the ticket a little.