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Illinois Governor Election Results by County, 2018
Election results:
     J. B. Pritzker (Democratic)
Votes: 2,382,536 (54.2%)
     Governor Bruce Rauner (Republican)
Votes: 1,723,015 (39.2%)

The 2018 Illinois gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 2018, to elect the Governor of Illinois. The Democratic and Republican primary elections took place on March 20, 2018 and the Libertarian Party state convention was held on March 4th.

Incumbent Republican Governor Bruce Rauner ran for re-election to a second term against Democrat J. B. Pritzker and Libertarian Kash Jackson.

In March 2018, the primary results concluded with J. B. Pritzker winning the Democratic nomination with Rauner winning the Republican nomination. Meanwhile, Kash Jackson won the Libertarian Party nomination during a state convention in Bloomington, IL.

Pritzker defeated incumbent Rauner in the general election by a landslide.

Republican Party

Candidates

Declared

Primary results

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bruce Rauner (incumbent) 329,995 51.7 {{{change}}}
Republican Jeanne Ives 308,791 48.3 {{{change}}}
Total votes 639,804 100

Democratic Party

Candidates

Declared

  • Running mate: Litesa Wallace, State Representative. Wallace replaced Ramirez-Rosa on September 8, 2017.
  • Former running mate: Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, Chicago Alderman. Biss removed Ramirez-Rosa from the ticket on September 6, 2017.
  • Running mate: Jonathan W. Todd, social worker
  • Tio Hardiman, former director of CeaseFire and candidate for Governor in 2014
  • Running mate: Ra Joy, executive director of CHANGE Illinois, a government reform coalition.
  • Alex Paterakis, civil engineer and business owner.
  • J. B. Pritzker, venture capitalist and philanthropist

Withdrawn

  • Former running mate: Alex Hirsch, political operative

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Chris
Kennedy
J.B.
Pritzker
Daniel
Biss
Kurt
Summers
Tio
Hardiman
Bob
Daiber
Others Undecided
We Ask America October 17–18, 2017 1,154 ± 3% 15% 39% 6% 1% 1% 2% 36%
Garin-Hart-Yang June 26–29, 2017 602 ± 4% 44% 38% 18%
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner March 2–6, 2017 500 ± 4.4% 44% 11% 7% 4% 34%

Primary results

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democrat Daniel Biss 204,043 26.44% {{{change}}}
Democrat Bob Daiber 7,825 1.01% {{{change}}}
Democrat Chris Kennedy 190,208 24.64% {{{change}}}
Democrat Robert Marshall 8,251 1.07% {{{change}}}
Democrat J. B. Pritzker 348,101 45.10% {{{change}}}
Democrat Tio Hardiman 13,391 1.73% {{{change}}}
Total votes 771,819 100%

Libertarian Party

Candidates

Winner

  • Kash Jackson, Navy Veteran and activist

Failed

  • Jon Stewart, retired professional wrestler, Republican candidate for the State House in 1998 and Republican candidate for IL-05 in 2009

General election

Predictions

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report Lean D September 14, 2018
Rothenberg Political Report Lean D September 14, 2018
Sabato's Crystal Ball Likely D September 20, 2018
Real Clear Politics Likely D September 19, 2018
Daily Kos Elections Likely D September 17, 2018
Governing Lean D September 19, 2018
Politico Likely D September 19, 2018
Fox News Lean D September 19, 2018

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Bruce
Rauner (R)
J. B.
Pritzker (D)
Kash
Jackson (L)
Sam
McCann (C)
Other Undecided
Research America Inc. September 5–13, 2018 1,024 ± 3.1% 27% 44% 4% 6% 0% 14%
Marist College August 12–16, 2018 734 ± 4.4% 30% 46% 6% 4% 2% 13%
Victory Research August 12–14, 2018 1,208 ± 2.8% 30% 41% 2% 9% 18%
(C-McCann) July 25–29, 2018 800 ± 3.5% 29% 42% 6% 11% 1% 10%
Illinois Public Opinion (D) July 12, 2018 423 ± 5.0% 26% 39% 1% 10% 23%
Victory Research June 26–28, 2018 1,208 ± 2.8% 30% 45% 2% 5% 18%
We Ask America June 9–11, 2018 600 ± 4.0% 27% 36% 26% 11%
Victory Research May 22–24, 2018 1,208 ± 2.8% 32% 47%
Victory Research April 18–21, 2018 1,208 ± 2.8% 31% 49% 19%
Ogden & Fry March 23, 2018 667 ± 3.9% 28% 46% 26%
Southern Illinois University February 19–25, 2018 1,001 ± 3.0% 35% 50% 15%
Public Policy Polling (D-Biss) February 5–6, 2018 600 ± 3.3% 35% 48% 17%
Ogden & Fry (R-Liberty Principles PAC) October 2, 2017 517 ± 4.4% 30% 47% 23%

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