By Kevin Lee, Illinois Statehouse News
Gov. Pat Quinn may have been elected to a full-term as governor, but if results hold, he only managed to win a majority of voters in three out of Illinois’ 102 counties. That’s a sharp contrast to the 2006 mid-term election, when winning Democratic incumbent Gov. Rod Blagojevich earned majorities in more than 30 counties.
Both Democratic candidates obtained a similar level of support. Blagojevich earned 1,736,731 votes in 2006. At last report, Quinn had 1,721,812 votes, with absentee votes still to be counted and the tally yet to be finalized
Quinn won handily in Cook County, where he resides, with almost 65 percent of the vote against rival Brady and several other candidates. The incumbent governor also had narrow majorities in St. Clair County in the Metro-East area near St. Louis and Alexander County in the southwestern tip of the state.
Blagojevich managed to win Cook County, nearby Will and Lake counties, Winnebago and Boone Counties in northern Illinois, several counties in the Quad-Cities area and many counties in southwestern Illinois, stretching from St. Clair County in the Metro-East southward into Alexander, Pulaski and Massac Counties in southern Illinois.
“Downstate, Illinois is a lot more conservative than Chicago and the Cook County suburbs. So I’m surprised at the mostly unbroken sea of red, but not particularly surprised that Brady won downstate,” said Southern Illinois University political science Professor Charles Leonard.
You can read Kevin's full report at: http://illinois.statehousenewsonline.com/4487/quinns-win-highlights-difficult-downstate-battle/