Dillard: All the Votes Must Be Counted

Dillard trails by just 400 votes

By Andrew Greiner
|  Friday, Feb 5, 2010  |  Updated 1:48 PM CDT
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GOP Governor candidate Kirk Dillard said Friday that the election is not over.

“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.

Dillard trails Bill Brady by just a few hundred votes in the primary race for the Republican nomination. But he says there is no hard feelings between the two.

"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."

Still, Dillard said he still thinks he'd make the stronger candidate, and alluded to the location of where the absentee ballots are coming from as evidence that he could come out ahead.

Vote counting could proceed for weeks, giving the Democrats a perceived advantage in their campaigning.

Democratic contender Dan Hynes conceded defeat to Governor Pat Quinn Thursday and the party is in the process of coalescing behind their candidate, despite the Scott Lee Cohen snafu that's currently taking all the oxygen from Quinn's win. 

The Republicans, who are at a natural disadvantage in Democratic Illinois, don’t have any time to waste in mounting a campaign against Quinn.


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