Hardiman, Not Quinn Carried Downstate Counties
Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 Updated at 4:50 PM CST
Even though incumbent Pat Quinn easily won the Democratic nomination Tuesday nights election results in some downstate counties show some troubling spots as he seeks his second full term.
Quinn faced challenger Tio Hardiman, a community activist and the former director of Ceasefire. And an utterly unknown candidate to most people who live in downstate Illinois.
And yet, it was Hardiman, amazingly, not Quinn who carried some of those counties in the Democratic primary.
Here are the numbers according to unofficial results:
Hardiman 1600 or 66%
Quinn 802 or 33%
Hardiman 432 or 52%
Quinn 399 or 48%
Hardiman 177 or 57%
Quinn 130 or 42%
Hardiman 956 or 54%
Quinn 818 46%
In Winnebago County Quinn sneaked by with 51% of the vote to Hardiman's 48% and in Sangamon County Hardiman was able to garner 35% of the vote and 36% in Rock Island County.
In the 2010 general election State Senator Bill Brady won 98 of 102 counties but narrowly lost to Quinn. Tuesday’s vote could signal continued electoral concerns for Quinn heading into the fall contest with Bruce Rauner.