Brady Meets With Former GOP Foes

Brady confident he'll win, Dillard doesn't concede

By Mary Ann Ahern
|  Friday, Feb 5, 2010  |  Updated 2:00 PM CDT
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Does nice-guy Bill Brady, the likely Republican governor candidate have what it takes to tear down the Democratic political establishment? Does the state senator have the name recognition to take on Quinn?

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Up by about 400 votes - and not yet the declared GOP nominee - Sen Bill Brady held court today with former opponents Andy McKenna and Matt Murphy.

House Minority Leader Tom Cross who had supported McKenna appeared as well.

Brady said he confident he will be the nominee even if second place finisher Sen Kirk Dillard hasn't yet decided whether to ask for a recount.

Dillard, for his part, held a press conference this afternoon, during which he pledged that all the votes would and should be counted.

“We’re all going to have to wait a little bit longer,” he said at an afternoon press conference, citing the thousands of provisional and absentee ballots that still haven't been counted in the race for the nomination.

"I've been in contact with Bill, everything is very cordial. This is what Bill wants to do, this is what I want to do, this is what's best," he said. "We're both committed to beating Pat Quinn in November."

Vote counting could proceed for weeks, giving the Democrats a perceived advantage in their campaigning, despite the Scott Lee Cohen kerfluffle.

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