Bill Brady is still in it to win it.
The Republican candidate for Governor said he plans to wait for election authorities to count all the votes.
- "As I said last night, I have a penchant for close elections.
Having been through this process before, I know the importance of making sure every voice is heard, and every vote is counted. I believe we will win. Our campaign continues to wait for the results from local election officials.
The people of Illinois cast 3.6 million votes in this election. As of right now, there is a difference of less than one vote per precinct. We must allow election authorities to do their job as we wait for official results, which are then certified by the State Board of Elections.
In addition to the ballots cast in the precincts, absentee and military ballots remain to be counted, and I believe we will win."
At an earlier appearance Wednesday morning in Bloomington, he said the process could take as long as 30 days to complete.
"Jason (Plummer) and I believe we can win," Brady said. "As anxious as we are, we are going to have to be patient"
Brady trails incumbent Pat Quinn by more than 8,000 votes.
The Quinn campaign released a statement after Brady's announcement.
"The Quinn/Simon campaign wants every vote to be counted," the release said. "We want to make sure the voice of every voter in the State of Illinois is duly counted and heard. The ballots left to be counted appear mostly to come from Cook County, where the Governor held a large margin over Senator Brady. We expect to hold our lead, and may increase it. We do not see a path to victory for Bill Brady."
Votes will now be counted in the remaining precincts. Counting could take up to a month depending on the individual precincts and their specific delivery and counting issues. About 30,000 absentee ballots still also need to be factored into in the final numbers.
Brady is not deterred.
"I believe every voice should be heard. Every vote counted. We will wait for ballots to be certified. We still believe we can win," he said.