Election consequences governor: JB Pritzker wins 2nd time period, defeating Darren Bailey - WLS-television

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Gov. JB Pritzker has gained a second term as Illinois governor, defeating Republican Darren Bailey.

The associated Press referred to as the race for Pritzker about 9 minutes after polls closed. The governor looks to have won by means of margins akin to these he beat Bruce Rauner with in 2018 -- double digits.

The win capped a race characterized with the aid of basically constant acrimony and outsized spending. Pritzker first received political workplace in 2018 when he took the governor's seat. His reelection win became buoyed by means of a campaign on fiscal steadiness and taxpayer relief. Bailey is a southern Illinois farmer and conservative supporter of former President Donald Trump. Pritzker is a billionaire fairness investor and philanthropist who known as Bailey "too intense" for Democrat-heavy Illinois.

Pritzker thanked a raucous room crammed with supporters at the Marriott Marquis Chicago, telling them, "thank you for placing your have confidence in me to perform this mission for 4 greater years. I won't allow you to down!"

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Pritzker referred to as on supporters to work with him, be bold and never shy far from Democratic values on jobs, health care and women's rights. His largest cheer all over his speech got here when addressing abortion.

"Let me be even clearer: anybody who thinks that they could come into this state and check out to drive some appropriate-wing MAGA conflict on a woman's body, you're going to never get an inch of Illinois," Pritzker stated.

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The Pritzker campaign released a press release, announcing partly, "Governor Pritzker and Lt. Governor Stratton are beyond grateful to each and every and each voter who became out this yr for trusting them with a 2nd term to build on their progress. When Governor Pritzker and Lt. Governor Stratton were elected 4 years ago, they promised to place Springfield again on the side of working families, and tonight's consequences prove Illinoisans are looking to the long run with hope and optimism."

His remarks touched on accomplishments and sparked presidential hypothesis, at times seeming geared towards a countrywide audience.

"these days ahead might be challenging, however do not inform me the fight can't be won. The cloth of our nation has been frayed and torn earlier than, and Illinois has always had a huge function in placing it returned collectively," Pritzker noted.

however, on Wednesday, Pritzker stated he isn't focused on a presidential run, instead he talked about he is concentrated on being the governor of Illinois.

Bailey spoke to supporters in Springfield, thanking them and saying he had known as Pritzker to congratulate him on his win.

Bailey greeted a cheering however pretty subdued crowd of several hundred supporters who had waited hours to look him. The election night birthday celebration did not announce that Pritzker had gained the race, did not display his speech, and didn't play countrywide election results.

He repeatedly advised supporters he is happy with the platform he ran on, in line with his core Christian values and beliefs. He additionally ran on cracking down on crime, decreasing taxes, and as he put it on the campaign trail, making Illinois more eye-catching to enterprise.

He reiterated these identical pillars in his speech.

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"i'll not be going to Springfield as your subsequent governor, however i will certainly not stop combating," Bailey talked about. "My priorities will proceed to be the things that unite us: conserving our freedoms, bringing jobs to our state, and defense to our streets. Republicans need to be the loyal opposition in Springfield. Loyal to our state, loyal to our nation, loyal to our constitution, but in opposition to the radical guidelines of the Democrats."

Bailey also talked about Republicans may additionally have lost this race at a statewide degree, but warned Pritzker he must do greater.

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Now voters are also seeking to the long run.

"I went to vote yesterday, so i'm blissful all of the ads and everything is over with," voter Bria Morgan noted.

Illinoisans who have had a night to sleep on the mid-term election consequences are longing for the long run and searching to Pritzker to lead on concerns vital to them.

Evenita McGruder has a list.

"alternatives for company house owners, minorities, girls, training, issues if you want to assist build the city of Chicago within the state of Illinois," she stated.

Krista Toth noted the governor had her vote.

"I suppose he did a great job, and he's going to proceed to do a fine job," she referred to.

Voter George Houston is just satisfied all the talk is over, and he's hoping the governor will keep his promises.

"all of the speak, simply deal with the concerns and the elements that you simply said you had been going to do now that you have been reelected for 4 extra years," he referred to.

Pritzker held a information convention at eleven a.m. in the South Loop to discuss his next chapter in workplace.

He stated now it be back to work, and vowed to hold combating towards hate and conserving girls's rights.

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

"As we embark on a 2d time period, my administration should be laser-focused on continuing to rebuild Illinois, an Illinois that work for all and sundry regardless of their history or the zip code that they reside in," Pritzker said.

The linked Press contributed to this record.

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