SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – With both parties’ gubernatorial nominee still uncertain, the results of Tuesday’s contentious primary won’t be made official for another month. And it could be even longer if the candidates lagging behind decide to ask for a recount.
The Illinois State Board of Elections will certify yesterday’s results on March 5. Candidates have 15 days after the results are made official to challenge them with a Supreme Court filing. That petition comes with a filing fee of $10,000, small potatoes compared to what the candidates have already spent during the primary campaign.
Democratic state comptroller Dan Hynes indicated last night that he would not concede to Gov. Pat Quinn until all votes were counted in the gubernatorial primary. Republican state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington had a narrow lead on state Sen. Kirk Dillard, who also refused to concede in the race to become the GOP nominee. Former party chairman Andy McKenna also refused to concede last night but had fallen into third place as more votes came in this morning.
Rupert Borgsmiller, assistant executive director of the Illinois State Board of Elections, said the agency doesn’t have any process set up to handle a recount but the next month will provide time to adapt.
The last statewide recount came in 1982 after the general gubernatorial election. Democrat Adlai Stevenson’s recount petition was denied by the state Supreme Court, giving the governor’s mansion to Republican Jim Thompson.
Winners haven’t been declared in the Democratic comptroller race or the Republican lieutenant governor contest. Attorney Raja Krishnamoorthi has fallen behind state Rep. David Miller of Lynwood for the Democratic comptroller spot opposite former Republican state treasurer Judy Baar Topinka. Edwardsville businessman Jason Plummer declared victory this morning in the GOP lieutenant governor race, but state Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine has not conceded.