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Illinois holds primary elections

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Yukta Parikh

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On Tuesday, March 20, Illinois held its primary elections for numerous positions such as the governor, state representatives, and several local positions.

The most anticipated primary elections were for governor. The Democratic candidate for governor is JB Pritzker. Pritzker won with 45.2% of the vote, which is  573,679 votes. He was followed by Daniel Biss who had 26.6% of the vote, which is 337,342 votes. 

The Republican candidate for governor is incumbent Bruce Rauner. Rauner received 51.4% of the vote which is, 361,301 votes. Rauner was followed by Jeanne Ives who had 48.6% of the vote which is, 341,301 votes. 

“Their [Rauner and Pritzker] victories promise a contest that will be fiercely fought and dominated by big money, with each candidate controlling tremendous sums of personal wealth to spend on his campaign,” Julie Bosman and Jonathan Martin of the New York Times said.

The attorney general’s position was also up for reelection because Lisa Madigan decided not to run again. Madigan assumed the position of attorney general in 2003.

The Democratic candidate for attorney general is Kwame Raoul who won 30.2% of the vote which is, 374,679 votes. She was followed by Pat Quinn, a former governor of Illinois, who got 27.4% of the vote which is, 340,203 votes.

The Republican candidate is Erika Harold. Harold won with 59.2% of the vote which is, 378,720 votes. Harold was followed by Gary Grasso who got 40.8% of the vote which is, 261,520 votes.

There was also a primary election for the United States House of Representatives. For the 9th House district, Jan Schakowsky ran uncontested. Schakowsky is a Democrat and is also an incumbent.

John Elleson is the Republican candidate for representative. Elleson won 40.5% of the vote which is, 10,283 votes. Elleson was followed by Sargis Sangari who received 30.6% of the vote which is, 7,763 votes.

This election also included countywide elections. Since there were no Republican candidates for Cook County Board President, Cook County Assessor, or Cook County Treasurer, those positions went to Democrats, Toni Periwinkle, Fritz Kaegi, and Maria Pappas. Both Periwinkle and Pappas are incumbents.

The general election for Illinois will be on Nov. 6, 2018.

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