But it's looking more and more like Brady will come out ahead.
Every absentee and provisional votes must be in by February 16th The election results will be certified a week later. But the numbers are the numbers.
And even if Brady has only a 400 vote advantage, the difference may be too great for Dillard to ask for a recount. Not only would Dillard be required to pay -- and the prospect is expensive -- he'd have to prove fraud or tampering with the vote. No easy task.
Brady's primary win -- in a field of six candidates -- shows he took 76 of the state's 102 counties. Much of Brady's support was downstate. In Cook County, Brady received only 5 percent of the vote.
As for the GOP Lieutenant Governor nominee, Jason Plummer, there's no "Cohen-headaches" in his close victory.
Plummer, a 27-year old Edwardsville businessman, is a first time candidate for public office and spent more than one million of his own money on the primary.