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Quinn Concedes Governor's Race To Rauner

Gov. Pat Quinn
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Governor Pat Quinn is giving up on his bid for re-election. On Wednesday afternoon, he conceded to Republican Bruce Rauner.

  Most media outlets called the election on Tuesday night. Rauner was up by five percentage points, and declared victory.

Quinn, however, told supporters he wasn’t ready to concede. Some Chicagoans waited into the early morning hours to vote.

“I think we always should respect those who waited and persevered to cast their ballot," Quinn said. "But now the votes have been counted. ... It’s clear that we do not have enough votes to win the election. Therefore we respect the result."

It was a hastily-arranged news conference that lasted less than three minutes. Quinn did not refer to governor-elect Rauner by name and he did not take any questions. He said he looks forward to working with "the new administration" to ensure a smooth transition.

Quinn said during his remaining days in office, he’ll fight to raise Illinois' minimum wage. An advisory ballot question on whether Illinois ought to have a $10 minimum wage polled considerably better than Quinn — getting 650,000 more votes than the candidate.

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
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