According to the New York Times election results board, with 100% of precincts reporting, only 0.5% separates the Democratic and Republican candidates. Additional votes which may be counted, such as provisional ballots, make this race too close to call.
Tom Horner of the Independence Party got 11.9% in this race, with several other candidates in the race:
Rich Whitney sent out a strongly-worded (and somewhat frantic?) fundraising plea to supporters earlier this week. Below is an excerpt from the message:
Circumstances force me to be blunt: My campaign is REALLY hurting for money right now. Just when we need to be peaking, so that we can get some radio and cable TV ads and buy yard and window signs, and numerous other essentials, we are instead scraping the bottom of the barrel…
…Thus far, supporters have not followed through on such basic fundraising efforts as expected.
Everybody’s favorite Independent candidate for Governor of Illinois in 2010 (the only one to be precise) gets a campaign update on IPR today.
Weren’t sure if Cohen planned to open up his massive coffers on his independent bid for Governor? Think again.Cohen is definitely playing it honest with voters: he plans to cut wasteful programs, but says he will need expert advice to pick out the specifics.
In a Bloomberg Businessweek article about Illinois’ unfortunate bond situation, the Green Party’s candidate for governor Rich Whitney and independent (and former Democratic candidate for Lt. Gov.) Scott Lee Cohen were quoted in a similar fashion as their Republican opponent. They all criticized the Democratic governor, although Whitney criticized the Republican as well:
Quinn’s opponents were quick to jump on him for the borrowing.
Despite being largely unknown and not particularly well liked Bill Brady leads with 39% to 30% for Quinn and 11% for Green Party candidate Rich Whitney, continuing his path toward becoming one of the most unlikely big state Governors in recent history.
Brady is winning 80% of Republicans while only 60% of Democrats are committed to Quinn.
On July 14, the Illinois State Board of Elections dismissed a challenge to the petition of Scott Lee Cohen, an independent candidate for Governor. The challenges to the other statewide petitions are still pending.
Cohen submitted 133,000 signatures for a requirement of 25,000 valid. Major party candidates only need 5,000 valid signatures, and can be on the ballot with just one signature if no one files a challenge.… Read more ...
Yesterday, a debate took place at Chicago State University between candidates for the Governor of Illinois. Moderating the event was Christina Tobin, President of the Free & Equal Elections Foundation (and a Libertarian candidate for Secretary of State in California). All candidates who are on the ballot or submitted enough petitions to gain ballot access for the November election were invited to participate.… Read more ...
Scott Lee Cohen is the former Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor of Illinois. He dropped out under pressure from Democratic party leaders in Illinois. Cohen appears to regret his decision to drop out and is now running for Governor of Illinois as an Independent.