Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn narrowly wins election to first full term

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Friday, November 5, 2010; 1:11 PM

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D), the onetime lieutenant governor to disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), has bested former state Sen. Bill Brady (R) to win election to his first full term in office. The Associated Press called the race for Quinn this afternoon. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Quinn received 1,721,812 votes to Brady's 1,702,399, a margin of victory of half a percentage point. Quinn's win comes despite the fact that he barely survived a tough primary earlier this year and stumbled badly in the general election; his campaign was marred by the departure of several of his top consultants. He also took over the office under difficult circumstances, ascending from his lieutenant governor post after Blagojevich was removed from office. The victory left many veteran Democrats befuddled about how he managed to win despite the relatively weak campaign he ran and even as the party was handed a


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