Sen. Dillard won't concede

Press Release from Dillard:


State Senator Kirk Dillard, Republican candidate for governor, today
the following statement in response to the current status of the
gubernatorial race: 


was a real testament to the strength and power of our grassroots.  Both
Brady and I were vastly outspent in this primary, but we are the ones
standing today.  The strength of that grassroots support is how
Republicans are
going to take back the Governor’s seat this November.


a winner has not been decided yet.  Yesterday’s election was really
and the simple fact is that they are still counting the votes.  There
hundreds of provisional and absentee ballots left to be counted along
several precincts votes to be reported. We believe every Illinoisan’s
voice needs and deserves to be heard. We do not know who won yet and we
probably won’t for several more days. 


of a victory are not legitimate when votes are still being counted.  I’m
confident that when all of the ballots have been counted, I will be the
Republican nominee for Governor.”


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  • I asked this on another Chicago Now blog, without a response, so I'll ask it here: What is the big deal about candidates conceding? Shouldn't every vote count and we make sure that they are counted properly? With the geniuses in the Illinois General Assembly setting the primary for February, won't there be a number of absentee ballots from those wintering in Florida or Arizona, that can arrive in the next two weeks? What about the legality of the provisional ballots?

    Not even football pundits ask the Bears to concede to the Bengals in the third quarter, and we aren't yet in the position where the gubernatorial candidates are mathematically eliminated (unlike Todd Stroger, who was mathematically eliminated at about 8:15 p.m., Tuesday night). If Al Franken didn't have to concede on election night, I guess the would be governors don't have to either.

  • In reply to jack:

    Good point, Jack. One year I was an election judge and after we had tallied all the ballots in our local polling place, I put them in my trunk and headed to a central collection place. While on my way, the radio news station already had declared winners. As if the ballots in my trunk didn't count. Frustrating.

  • In reply to DennisByrne1:

    I had that happen to me too, during the Ogilvie years. I was even more teed off when the AP more recently declared Durbin a winner at 7:01 p.m.

    However, not only is the press in a rush to judgment, apparently the politicos are, too, which was the thrust of my first comment.

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