Primary elections – the results are in
By Taylor Hartz | Staff Writer
Published April 6, 2018
Illinois state primary elections were held on Tuesday March 20, when ballots were cast to select the nominees for our representatives in Washington, Springfield and right here in New Eastside.
Below are the results of the primary elections, which decided which Republican and Democratic nominees will face off come Election Day this November.
In a sweeping win, billionaire J.B. Pritzker won the democratic nomination for governor, the most watched and contested race of this election cycle.
Pritzker earned 43 percent of the vote in a race against five challengers, Sen. Daniel Biss, who came in second with 27 percent of the vote, and hopefuls Chris Kennedy, Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman and Robert Marshall.
Pritzker will face off against current Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, who won a much tighter race against state Rep. Jeanne Ives
Rauner won the Republican nomination by a narrow 51 percent of the vote.
Democrat Pat Quinn will hold the Democratic seat in the Attorney General’s race, against Republican and former Miss America (2003) Erika Harold.
For New Eastside’s representation in Washington, D.C., we kept an eye on the race for U.S. Congressional District 7.
Rep. Danny K. Davis (D) has held the seat since 1997. He was challenged this year by Anthony V. Clark, but won the Democratic nomination and will once again be in the running. Rep. Davis will run against Republican nominee Jeffrey A. Leef, a physician and political newcomer. Leef won the race against Republican hopeful Craig Cameron.