Nearly all the votes are in from Illinois's Tuesday primaries, and the results remained murky Wednesday morning.
On the Senate side, things are actually quite clear. Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Republican Mark Kirk will face each other in November's general election; both were favorites and long-time front-runners in their respective primary elections.
The primaries for governor, however, are both still up in the air. On the Democratic side, Governor Pat Quinn claims that he's won, while challenger Dan Hynes insists, "If democracy means anything, it means that we need to count all the votes." Quinn leads by just over 7,000 votes with 99% of precincts reporting, a lead of less than 1%.
Republican candidates are mired in a three-way toss-up. By 8 a.m. Wednesday with 99 percent of precincts reporting, Bill Brady was up by only 500 votes over Kirk Dillard, with Andy McKenna trailing by just over 8,000 votes.
Both Brady and Dillard told supporters after midnight on Wednesday that they were confident--but it is truly too close to tell.
In the most important local election of the night, Toni Preckwinkle dominated her opponents, including incumbent Todd Stroger, in the Democratic race for Cook County Board President. That position is arguably second only to Chicago mayor for local political clout.
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