Primary Election Results and Snafus
The primary election results are in, and here are some of the candidates you will see on the ballot in the November election:
Governor-Democrat: Rod Blagojevich (70.1%) This was no surprise since Eisendrath never seemed to get his campaign off the ground. We know a lot of people who voted Eisendrath as part of showing their disapproval towards Blago.
Governor-Republican: Judy Baar Topinka (38.0%) Topinka held off a late surge from Oberweis, who early on looked like he might pull it off due to a downstate snowstorm that kept all but the most conservative voters away.
Lieutenant Governor-Republican: Joe Birkett (50.6%)
Treasurer-Democrat: Alexi Giannoulias (61.4%) Looks like the love from Obama helped him out.
Cook County Board President-Democrat: TOO CLOSE TO CALL! John Stroger currently holds a 52.1% to 47.9% lead over Forrest Claypool, but counting has been halted until 1 PM today. Both campaigns are concerned about the integrity of the vote due to questions over the new voting equipment and uncounted ballots.
Cook County Sheriff-Democrat: Tom Dart (62.5%)
US House 6th District-Democrat: Tammy Duckworth (43.8%) The Iraq War veteran handpicked by Dick Durbin and Rahm Emanuel held off Christine Cegelis. She will face Republican Peter Roskam in the November election.
US House 8th District-Republican: David McSweeney (42.7%) McSweeney will face Democrat Melissa Bean in November.
The new voting machines, or lack thereof according to your comments yesterday, seemed to cause a lot of headaches due to malfunctioning equipment and workers unsure of how to handle the problems. In some precincts election judges did not even bother showing up, resulting in long waits and confusion for voters. We certainly hope election officials are better prepared by November.
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