Hi, Gary Sawyer here to start this chat. Things are starting to happen at least in other states. In the key Senate races, things seem to be heading toward and GOP takeover. Sorry we're a few minutes late, but start commenting or asking questions.
One of our glitches is with my login, so you'll see webmaster Bridget's photos for a few comments until things work out. CNN just announced the Dick Durbin will win the Senate seat in Illinois. That was expected.
How was turnout where you voted? I voted at Maranatha Assembly of God and had to wait in line for about 10 minutes. I've voted there for more than 10 years and it's the first time I had to wait. A poll watcher described the turnout as ``heavy.'' Any other reports?
A heavy turnout, if that's what we're experiencing, usually favors the Democrats. What's hard to judge is how much disgust voters will bring to the booth. It's a small sample, but the folks I talked to while waiting in line are not happy with Springfield or Washington.
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It's probably good news as far as vote counting that we have one precinct counted already. County clerks have been nervous about an opinion by Attorney General Lisa Madigan that early voting ballots couldn't be counted until 7 p.m. Hopefully, the counting will go smoothly and we'll know the election results in good time.
A key race to watch is in Kansas. Long-time Senator Pat Roberts is in a tough fight with an independent candidate, Greg Orman. If Orman wins, he could be the deciding vote in a closely divided Senate.
Republican Tom Cotton has been predicted to win in Arkansas over incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor. That's a pick up for the Republicans.
In another early result, Mitch McConnell, R, defeats Alison Landegan Gines in Kentucky. That protects a Republican seat.
What races are folks interested in? The governor's race in Illinois will be exciting, but it will be a few hours or longer before we have a feel for that one.
No report yet on the 13th District. Allison Petty is in Taylorville tonight covering the Rodney Davis campaign. Stay tuned, when we get results, we'll shart them.
And, there's a report, with photos, from Allison.
CNN says that the ``magic number'' for GOP majority in the Senate is three. ``Map is looking really difficult for the Democrats,''
With 2 percent of the vote in, Rauner is leading Quinn, 55 to 43 percent. That's a very early total and it's impossible right now to tell which precincts are reporting.
In really early returns, with only a few precincts reporting, Davis has about a 100 vote lead over Callis. That's in the 13th House District. Again, those are really early and small numbers.
CNN projects that Republicans will maintain control of the U.S. House. Well, duh.
Mayor McElroy will face re-election in the spring city election.
Update on the Governor's race: With 8 percent of precincts reporting, Rauner as 53 percent; Quinn at 45 percent, independent candidate Grimm at 2 percent. If Grimm doesn't gather more votes, that helps Rauner.
Update on 13th Congressional Race. Still not very many precincts in, Davis has about a 1,500 vote lead. Several Davis strongholds haven't been counted yet. My quick analysis is that it looks good for him.
Wow. With 26 percent of the precincts in here's the Governor's race: Rauner, 62 percent; Quinn, 36 percent, Grimm 2 percent. If those precincts are mostly downstate, then it doesn't mean that much. if those precincts are near Chicago, Quinn is in trouble.
A quick look at the results so far and it appears that most of the votes that have been counted so far come from Republican strongholds. No votes have been counted in Cook County. So, Rauner's early lead could disappear easily.
With 29 out of 605 precincts reporting, Davis is head of Callis, 54 to 46 percent.
Correction on the Governor's race; With 10 percent of precincts reporting it's Rauner, 59 percent; Quinn 37 percent, Grimm, 4 percent.
Another shift in the governor's race. With 25 percent in the precincts reporting it's Quinn with 55 percent, Rauner with 41 percent and Grimm with 3 percent. I think we are going to see these swings for much of the night.
Folks, feel free to comment, ask questions or add information you have seen or heard.
This could be significant: In Cook County, a little more than half of the precincts are in. Quinn is winning the county easily, but Rauner has 35 percent of the vote. If that continues, that clearly good for Rauner. Most experts said if he did around 20 percent in Cook County, Quinn would be in trouble.