Illinois election results 2010: Pat Quinn defeats Bill Brady

Washington Post staff
Tuesday, November 2, 2010; 10:02 PM

Congressman Mark Kirk defeated Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias in the Illinois Senate election:

"A tsunami just hit the heartland," Kirk exulted in his victory speech.

Obama and his White House team campaigned hard for Giannoulias, hoping to avoid perhaps the most politically embarrassing loss on a night of losses for Democrats.

As for the Illinois Governor race, the Associated Press reports:

Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has narrowly defeated his Republican challenger. An AP analysis of uncounted votes from absentee and other ballots shows state Sen. Bill Brady won't be able to overcome the just more than 19,400-vote lead Quinn holds with 100 percent of precincts reporting Thursday.

PostPolitics preview of the races had reported:

Disgraced former governor Rod Blagojevich has cast a shadow over the entire Democratic ticket. One potential victim: Gov. Pat Quinn, the former lieutenant governor who stepped up after Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office, and who has grappled with a fiscal crisis billed as the worst in state history. Quinn's GOP challenger is state Sen. Bill Brady; the two have sparred over taxes and spending cuts.

The Illinois Senate race is one of this election year's nastiest brawls, pitting Democratic state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias against Republican Rep. Mark Kirk. Both candidates carry heavy baggage. Giannoulias, an Obama friend, has struggled to distance himself from the collapse of his family's Broadway Bank. Kirk, a moderate once viewed as the clear favorite, was forced to explain a series of resume embellishments about his work experience and military service. This contest is a dead heat.

Full election preview for Illinois and all 50 states here.

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CONTRIBUTORS: The state previews were written and compiled by Washington Post staff writers Chris Cillizza, Dan Balz, Amy Gardner, Shailagh Murray, Paul Kane, Aaron Blake, Felicia Sonmez, Ben Pershing and Perry Bacon Jr.

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