“Close, huh?” said State Senator Kirk Dillard as he opened a press conference and ended his campaign for governor.
Close is an understatement. Fewer than 200 votes separated State Senators Dillard and Bill Brady for the Republican nomination for Governor. But Dillard decided against asking for a recount.
“A recount is expensive. It’s long. It’s divisive. I have to trust in the machinery that’s out there. Could I overturn it? Perhaps. But in the end is it worth it?” asked Dillard.
Dillard said that running against several other candidates from DuPage County may have hurt his candidacy.
“We can’t let, like DuPage County just did, everybody cannibalize one another,” he said.
As State Senator Dillard formally ended his campaign for Governor, he threw his support behind one-time rival State Senator Bill Brady from central Illinois.
“This campaign is about two things, jobs, jobs, jobs and reform, reform, reform,” Brady said.
Brady’s opponent, Gov. Pat Quinn, and other Democrats are already taking aim, saying the social conservative is too extreme to lead Illnois. Brady downplayed his stances on those issues.
“I would simply say that I am what I am. But the people of Illinois are starving for a candidate that will focus on jobs, who will focus on the economy,” he said.
Fewer than 6,000 voters in DuPage County cast ballots for Brady in the primary.
“I don’t think we’ll have a problem. I find that the people across this state believe in the same thing, They want a government that works for the people,” Brady said.
And five weeks later than expected, the race for governor now kicks into high gear.
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