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Final score: Pritzker 54.5, Rauner 38.8, McCann 4.2, Jackson 2.4

Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018

* The Illinois State Board of Elections has posted the election’s final totals online. Click here. And click here to see the races by county if you so desire.

McCann didn’t make it to the coveted 5 percent threshold, but the Conservative Party will be an established political party in a whole lot of counties and likely in a bunch of legislative districts.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

37 Comments »
  1. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:48 pm:

    Rauner not clearing 39% without rounding… wow.

    Rauner was a whole “point plus” below 40%.

    Rauner, personally, him, he was double-digits plus under water. That’s important to note, given the blue wave that engulfed the collars and elsewhere.

    Rauner’s unlikablity made the climb harder, a divided GOP continued that steepness, then Trump, the blue wave and Pritzker running Skyhook.

    That’s 38.8%… that’s so incredibly rebuking.


  2. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:50 pm:

    For an incumbent, that’s a severe beatdown.


  3. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:50 pm:

    With a victory of over 700,000 votes, Pritzker thankfully didn’t need third party help to beat Rauner. It was still a blast that McCann running got under Rauner’s skin.


  4. - Chris P. Bacon - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:51 pm:

    Well at least every statewide GOP candidate lost by a somewhat less miserable margin than the Nazi did in the 3rd congressional. That nut got 25.9%.

    Congratulations IL GOP.


  5. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:55 pm:

    –And click here to see the races by county if you so desire.–

    Very informative.

    The biggest takeaway is that there are dozens of Illinois counties with a very small number of voters.

    Corn stalks may have ears, but they can’t vote.


  6. - Cheryl44 - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:56 pm:

    Jackson must have a huge family to get 2.4% of the vote.


  7. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:58 pm:

    Looking at these numbers, races, and I try to think how Jeanne Ives’ statement yesterday is this and nothing more…

    “We will control the party and take it to irrelevancy or we will leave the party and make sure irrelevancy happens, but under our terms.”

    There are districts where a Reagan Rule type, with the whole makeup of those GOP could make a difference in the future, and with a new map, how will Ives’ demands see district math to 60 and 30 when 2018 showed a fractured GOP with a motivated Democratic Party seeing Trump and social issues as “no go” to those with GOP nominations.

    This rebuild of a party… it must be a big tent thinking.


  8. - lakeside - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 12:58 pm:

    More total votes for AG than for Gov. Guess some people just couldn’t stomach either candidate.

    And both of them running behind total votes for SoS by more than 22k. Man, people love Jesse White.


  9. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 1:02 pm:

    ===Man, people love Jesse White===

    At least 3,120,207 of them do, yes. 68 percent. That’s just amazing.


  10. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 1:04 pm:

    The GOP statewides, less Harold and Rauner, give a great baseline to the Dem office holders and the real bottom numbers where the GOP voters vote GOP no matter what.


  11. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 1:05 pm:

    ===where the GOP voters vote GOP no matter what===

    Kinda like the U of I trustee votes from yesteryear.


  12. - City Zen - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 1:06 pm:

    ==people love Jesse White.==

    Jesse is the perfect voting opportunity to show all the other Dem candidates how many people were perfectly willing to cross party lines to vote for him but not them.


  13. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 1:07 pm:

    ===Kinda like the U of I trustee votes from yesteryear.===

    Love that discussion.

    The beginning measure of districts.


  14. - Anon324 - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 1:07 pm:

    ==Jackson must have a huge family to get 2.4% of the vote.==

    He just did a great job of mobilizing the people who feel victimized by the divorce law and child support systems.


  15. - lakeside - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 1:12 pm:

    It’s just remarkable that more voters total took the time to vote in an (essentially) uncontested race (I couldn’t name the R for money), than in the two major match ups at the top of the ticket - especially the AG race, which was pegged to be close.

    He’s obviously done a good job as SoS, but I bet Rauner (or Pritzker) wishes he could bottle a little of that Jesse White magic.


  16. - anon2 - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 1:21 pm:

    The polls proved fairly accurate, despite Rauner’s pre-election denials.


  17. - DuPage Saint - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 1:28 pm:

    Back when I used to walk a precinct in Addison Pate used to stress U of I Trustees. Interesting measure


  18. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 1:33 pm:

    With Rauner hovering around Senger and Dodge percentages… the percentages… that is also a matrix to consider when looking at the party’s overall health and the vacuum that exists now.


  19. - G'Kar - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 1:39 pm:

    Shoot, I want to hear more about Jo 753’s campaign platform./s


  20. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 1:44 pm:

    ===hear more about Jo 753’s campaign platform===

    One of his life influencers is Speed Racer http://www.7532020.com/UBoWT.htm


  21. - morningstar - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 1:50 pm:

    County results for Coles and McDonough - home to EIU and WIU - illuminating. Not really surprising, but certainly illustrates the problem.


  22. - Chicago Cynic - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 2:00 pm:

    Two random thoughts.

    1) 57885 Republicans voted for a Nazi. Not a crazy right winger, but an actual self-described Nazi received 25.9% of the vote. WTH GOP????

    2) Poor Darlene Senger. She lost by 23% to someone who was running for a different job and didn’t even try to hide it very well. Ouch.


  23. - Huh? - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 2:33 pm:

    Kind of curious why Mary Arline Vann-Mercalf didn’t get even 1 vote. She forgot to vote for herself?


  24. - Skeptic - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 2:40 pm:

    “The biggest takeaway is that there are dozens of Illinois counties with a very small number of voters.” There were several FB posts showing how Red (geographically) Illinois is (the old two-states-of-Illinois argument.) But then suggest to them that they’re essentially arguing for the Electoral College and watch their heads explode.


  25. - a drop in - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 2:57 pm:

    “There were several FB posts showing how Red (geographically) Illinois is ”

    After gutting the voting rights act, I predict the next item on the Republican’s Supremes hit list is “one man, one vote”, which was decided about the same time.


  26. - Earnest - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 3:03 pm:

    >He’s obviously done a good job as SoS, but I bet Rauner (or Pritzker) wishes he could bottle a little of that Jesse White magic.

    I’m not sure it would take magic–just good administrative skills in selecting the right people to run state departments, filling open positions with good staff, and holding IT consultants accountable for failing to deliver systems that make things function more smoothly and efficiently. I’m old enough to remember what it was like to go renew my driver’s licences before Jesse.


  27. - West Side the Best Side - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 3:15 pm:

    Highest percentage of Nazi votes from Will County, then DuPage, lowest in Cook in the 3d District race. All of them too high for an Illinois Nazi.


  28. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 3:51 pm:

    ===Man, people love Jesse White===

    At least 3,120,207 of them do, yes. 68 percent. That’s just amazing.–

    The peeps do love Jesse White. But I think this go-around he benefited from the hundreds of thousands who usually skip mid-terms and turned out to register their righteous revulsion to someone else.

    Especially suburbanites. Roskam won by 18 points in 2016; he got beat by 10 points in 2018. A 28 point swing — are you kidding me?

    Hultgren won in 2016 by 18 points; in a 22-point swing, he got beat by a young black woman in a district that is 86% white.

    Consider the vote totals for the last few governors races:

    2018 — 4.5M
    2014 — 3.6M
    2010 — 3.7M
    2006 — 3.5M

    Somewhere between 800K and a million voters who usually sit it out in mid-terms were motivated this year. Real mystery as to why.


  29. - titan - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 3:53 pm:

    Rich - I don’t think that the Conservative Party is now established at the Legislative or Representative District levels.

    There is a little bit of question as to exactly what extent the party is established at the county level as well (it may only be for to the extent of electing precinct committeemen - at least that is what the AG’s office said in 2013, after the Green Party got 5% or more in several southern counties in the 2012 election).


  30. - Actual Red - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 4:12 pm:

    I still cannot wrap my head around the fact that upwards of 100,000 people voted for the candidate formerly known as Benjamin Adam Winderweedle. 2.4% is small, but that’s a lot of people in absolute terms.


  31. - gdubya - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 4:21 pm:

    I concur with titan. They are not established at any local level. There have been numerous state-wide candidates that haven’t received 5% state-wide but have received 5% in the county level that were NOT considered established in the county. Look at the 2016 results for Libertarian president, 2014 results for Libertarian candidates.


  32. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 4:44 pm:

    “Real mystery as to why.”

    Rauner avoided him until the end, when he embarrassed himself on the sidelines at the Trump rally, panderin’ in his biker outfit, not even mentioned by Trump.

    A fear of mine didn’t happen, that purity leftists would ruin it for Pritzker, “because he’s just another billionaire,” or a just another corporatist neoliberal Democrat or something along those lines. Maybe Rauner was so bad and extreme that this thinking was diminished.


  33. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 5:02 pm:

    –Jesse is the perfect voting opportunity to show all the other Dem candidates how many people were perfectly willing to cross party lines to vote for him but not them.–

    LOL, yeah, that’s the lesson, Baghdad Bob.

    The Illinois GOP last month had a worse day than Custer at Little Bighorn.

    But the Dems who won by only 700K or so should be concerned because Jesse won by 1.7K.

    Let the word go forth, the torch has been passed, from LP to CZ, to a new generation of ding-dong bot.


  34. - Archpundit - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 5:02 pm:

    Rauner did better than John Cox by .4 percent.


  35. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Dec 4, 18 @ 6:42 pm:

    =tha’s 38.8…incredibly rebuking=

    Not to mention the 4.2


  36. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, Dec 5, 18 @ 7:24 am:

    Pritzker’s numbers are worse than Mendoza’s, Raoul’s and Frerichs’. It looks like practically any Democrat could have beat Rauner. So maybe Prtizker’s money and spending did not make that much of a difference?


  37. - The Dude Abides - Wednesday, Dec 5, 18 @ 9:38 am:

    Rauner really inspired folks to come out and vote in this midterm…to vote against him.
    The SOS Office has functioned pretty well under Jesse White and people like that. The Executive branch under our last 3 Governors has been disappointing to say the least.


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