Governor Election Results: JB Pritzker wins 2nd term, defeating Daren Bailey

Governor Election Results: JB Pritzker wins 2nd term, defeating Daren Bailey

Governor Election Results: JB Pritzker wins 2nd term, defeating Daren Bailey

CHICAGO (WLS) — Governor JB Pritzker won a second term as governor of Illinois, defeating Republican Darren Bailey.

The Associated Press called the race for Pritzker about nine minutes after the polls closed. The governor appears to have won by a margin similar to the one he defeated Bruce Rauner in 2018 — double digits.

The victory ended a race characterized by near-constant bitterness and overspending. Pritzker won political office for the first time in 2018 when he took the governor’s seat. His re-election campaign was fueled by a campaign of fiscal stability and relief for taxpayers. Bailey is a farmer from southern Illinois and a conservative supporter of former President Donald Trump. Pritzker is a billionaire venture capitalist and philanthropist who has called Bailey “too extreme” for Democratic big Illinois.

Pritzker thanked a raucous room full of supporters at the Marriott Marquis Chicago, telling them, “Thank you for trusting me to carry out this mission for four more years. I will not let you down!”

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Pritzker urged supporters to work with him, be bold and not shy away from Democratic values ​​on jobs, health care and women’s rights. His biggest cheer during the speech was when he talked about abortion.

“Let me be even clearer: Anyone who thinks they can come into this state and try to impose some right-wing MAGA war on a woman’s body will never gain an inch of Illinois,” Pritzker said.

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The Pritzker campaign released a statement, which said in part, “Governor Pritzker and Lt. Governor Stratton are extremely grateful to every voter who turned out this year for entrusting them with a second term to build on their progress. When Governor Pritzker and Lt. Governor Stratton were elected four years ago, they promised to put Springfield back on the side of working families, and tonight’s results prove that Illinoisans are looking to the future with hope and optimism.”

His remarks touched on accomplishments and sparked presidential speculation, sometimes seeming aimed at a national audience.

“These coming days will be tough, but don’t tell me the fight can’t be won. The fabric of our nation has been frayed and torn before, and Illinois has always played a big part in putting it back together,” Pritzker said.

But on Wednesday, Pritzker said he’s not focused on running for president, instead saying he’s focused on being governor of Illinois.

Bailey spoke to fans in Springfield, thanking them and saying he called Pritzker to congratulate him on his win.

Bailey greeted a cheering but relatively subdued crowd of several hundred supporters who had waited hours to see him. On election night, the party did not announce that Pritzker had won the race, did not show his speech and did not show the results of the national election.

He has repeatedly told his supporters that he is proud of the platform he ran on, based on his core Christian values ​​and beliefs. He also fought crime, cut taxes and, as he said on the campaign trail, made Illinois more attractive for business.

He repeated those same pillars in his speech.

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“I may not be going to Springfield as your next governor, but I will never stop fighting,” Bailey said. “My priorities will continue to be the things that unite us: protecting our freedoms, creating jobs in our state and keeping our streets safe. Republicans must be the loyal opposition in Springfield. Loyal to our state, loyal to our country, loyal to our constitution, but in contrasts with the radical politics of the Democrats.”

Bailey also said Republicans may have lost this statewide race, but warned Pritzker he needs to do better.

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Now voters are also looking to the future.

“I went to vote yesterday, so I’m glad all the ads are up and it’s done,” said voter Bria Morgan.

Illinoisans who had a sleepless night because of the results of the midterm elections are hopeful for the future and are looking to Pritzker to lead on the issues that matter to them.

Evenita McGruder has a list.

“Opportunities for business owners, minorities, women, education, things that will help build the city of Chicago in the state of Illinois,” she said.

Krista Toth said the governor had her voice.

“I think he’s done a great job and he’s going to continue to do a great job,” she said.

Voter George Houston is just happy that all the talks are over and hopes the governor keeps his promises.

“All the talk, just take care of the issues and points that you said you were going to do now that you’ve been re-elected for another four years,” he said.

Pritzker held a news conference at 11 a.m. in the South Loop to talk about his next chapter in office.

He said it was now back to work and vowed to continue fighting hate and protecting women’s rights.

He promised to lead the clean energy revolution and be a beacon of hope.

“As we head into our second term, my administration will be laser-focused on continuing to rebuild Illinois, an Illinois that works for everyone regardless of where they come from or what zip code they live in,” Pritzker said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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