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1990 Illinois gubernatorial election

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1990 Illinois gubernatorial election

← 1986 November 6, 1990 1994 →
Turnout54.00% Increase 1.63 pp
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Nominee Jim Edgar Neil Hartigan
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Bob Kustra James B. Burns
Popular vote 1,653,126 1,569,217
Percentage 50.8% 48.2%

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County Results

Edgar:      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%

Hartigan:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Governor before election

James R. Thompson

Elected Governor

Jim Edgar

The Illinois gubernatorial election were held in November 1990. Republican candidate Jim Edgar won his first of two terms in office, defeating Democrat Neil Hartigan by a narrow margin of about 80,000 votes.

Election information

The primaries and general elections coincided with those for federal elections (Senate and House), as well as those for other state offices. The election was part of the 1990 Illinois elections.


For the primaries, turnout for the gubernatorial primaries was 26.11%, with 1,570,596 votes cast and turnout for the lieutenant gubernatorial primaries was 21.67% with 1,303,250 votes cast.[1] For the general election, turnout was 54.00%, with 3,257,410 votes cast.[2]

Democratic primary

Illinois Attorney General Neil Hartigan won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, running unopposed.


Democratic gubernatorial primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Neil F. Hartigan 802,901 100
Total votes 802,901 100

Lieutenant Governor

James B. Burns, attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, won the Democratic nomination, running unopposed.

Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic James B. Burns 719,091 100
Total votes 719,091 100

Republican primary


Illinois Secretary of State Jim Edgar defeated investor and political activist Steve Baer, as well as perennial candidate Robert Marshall.

Republican gubernatorial primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Edgar 482,441 62.84
Republican Steve Baer 256,889 33.46
Republican Robert Marshall 28,365 3.69
Total votes 767,695 100

Lieutenant Governor

Illinois State Senator Bob Kustra won the Republican primary for lieutenant governor.

Republican lieutenant gubernatorial primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Kustra 584,121 100
Republican Henry Gillman 38 0.00
Total votes 584,159 100

Solidarity primary

Only 13 votes were cast in the primary, all write in votes for Jeff W. Smith. The party, nevertheless, ultimately nominated Jessie Fields.


Solidarity gubernatorial primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Write-in Jeff W. Smith 13 100
Total votes 13 100

General election

1990 gubernatorial election, Illinois[2]f
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jim Edgar 1,653,126 50.75 -1.92
Democratic Neil Hartigan 1,569,217 48.17 +41.53
Illinois Solidarity Jessie Fields 35,067 1.08 -38.89
Majority 83,909 2.58 -10.12
Turnout 3,257,410
Republican hold Swing


  1. ^ a b c d e f "State of Illinois official vote cast at the primary election held on ..." Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b "State of Illinois official vote cast at the general election ." Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
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