The Capital Fax, which covers Illinois politics extensively, has tweeted that the chances for Quinn are closing fast. Rauner is doing relatively well in Cook County and that is the key.
A bit update: 84 percent of the vote has been counted. Rauner has 50 percent, 1,411,933 votes to Quinn at 46 percent, 1,299,969. This is getting close to the point where it may be over.
In the governor's race, 1,630 precincts left to report; 384 in Cook County. The door appears to be closing on Quinn.
CNN projects that incumbent Pat Roberts will win re-election as Kansas Senator. That puts GOP Senate total at 50.
This is turning into a big, big night for the Republican Party. The GOP was expected to do well, but the results tonight have to be way better than they expected.
Topinka opens up a slight lead in Comptroller race. Frerichs and Cross still locked in very tight battle.
Nationwide, there are a ton of tight races tonight. Quick analysis would say it shows that the divide in the country is close. It also may show that folks are tired of extreme partisanship and want folks that will govern closer to the middle.
In a contested Macon County rate, it appears that Ed Yoder will remain as Macon County Treasurer with an easy win over Steve Grimm. On one would call Yoder a flashy campaigner, but he's won two races in a row when a lot of folks predicted he would lose.
I haven't found that any news organization has declared Rauner the winner, although it certainly appears headed that way.
NBC News declares Rauner wins governor's race. Rauner is expected on stage at Chicago party in the next few minutes. Quinn party, also in Chicago, reported to be subdued.
Projections are rolling in. It's over, folks. Bruce Rauner is the new governor of Illinois.
We have 90 percent of the vote counted. Rauner is leading with 1,543,771 votes to 1,409162 for Quinn. That's 51 to 46 percent.
AP has called the race. Bruce Rauner is the governor.
Quinn's Lt. Gov. candidate Paul Vallas says: "It's still not over. Not by a long shot."
It'll be interesting to see if Quinn concedes sooner or later. This is the first election that Quinn has ever lost. He's a good and honorable man and I expect he will be gracious in defeat.
Predictions of a long night or early morning don't seem to be proving to be true. It usually works out that way...
Republican Joni Ernst wins Iowa Senate seat. Republicans grasp firm control of Senate. Should make for an interesting final two years of the Obama administration.
CNN finally projects that Rauner will win governor. That network has been behind all night...
Rauner campaign HQ is a party. Quinn's is subdued. Winning this kind of race has to be a thrill. Losing has to be disheartening.
Rauner giving his victory speech now. ``A victory for Illinois.'' He pushes better schools, term limits and no corruption.
Rauner says he called House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton and said it was a chance to work together and solve the state's problems.
Quinn hasn't conceded. Said he doesn't want to concede with that many votes still to be counted. Awkward.
Turnout across the state was higher than usual. High turnout usually favors Democrats and the non-binding referendums all passed by good margins. But that didn't help Quinn, apparenlty.
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