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2018 Illinois elections

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2018 Illinois elections

← 2016 November 6, 2018 2020 →
Turnout57.23%

A general election was held in the U.S. state of Illinois on November 6, 2018. The elections for Illinois's 18 congressional districts, Governor, statewide constitutional officers, Illinois Senate, and Illinois House were held on this date.

Primaries were held March 20, 2018.

The Democratic Party made gains, including picking up the state's governorship and flipping two of its U.S. House seats. After the election, all executive offices and control of the Illinois General Assembly was held by the Democratic Party. Conversely the Republican Party experienced what was regarded to be their worst defeat in the state since at least 2006.[1]

Election information

2018 was a midterm election year in the United States.

Turnout

Primary election

For the primary election, turnout was 26.48%, with 2,103,634 votes cast.[2]

Turnout by county[2]

General election

For the general election, turnout was 57.23%, with 4,635,541 votes cast.[3] The Illinois State Board of Elections reported that this general election turnout rate was the third-highest for a midterm election over the past forty years.[4] The Illinois State Board of Elections also reported that the total number of votes cast set a record high.[4] Voter registration, at 8.1 million, also sat at a record high.[4]

Turnout was considered high in the United States during the 2018 midterm elections, with it being the highest national midterm turnout since 1914.[5]

Turnout by county[3]

Federal elections

United States House

All of Illinois' 18 seats in the United States House of Representatives were up for election in 2018.

The Democratic Party flipped two Republican-held seat, making the composition of Illinois' House delegation 13 Democrats and 5 Republicans.

State elections

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Incumbent Republican Governor Bruce Rauner ran for re-election to a second term, but was defeated by Democratic venture capitalist and billionaire J. B. Pritzker.

Illinois gubernatorial election, 2018

← 2014 November 6, 2018 (2018-11-06) 2022 →
Turnout56.15%
 
JB Pritzker at Gold Star Mothers Luncheon (cropped) (1).jpg
Bruce Rauner crop.jpg
Nominee J. B. Pritzker Bruce Rauner
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Juliana Stratton Evelyn Sanguinetti
Popular vote 2,479,746 1,765,751
Percentage 54.5% 38.8%

Illinois Governor Election Results by County, 2018.svg
County results
Pritzker:      40–50%      50–60%      70–80%
Rauner:      30–40%      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Governor before election

Bruce Rauner
Republican

Elected Governor

J. B. Pritzker
Democratic

Republican primary

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bruce Rauner (incumbent) 362,721 51.40
Republican Jeanne Ives 342,906 48.60
Total votes 705,627 100.00

Democratic primary

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic J. B. Pritzker 573,679 45.2
Democratic Daniel Biss 337,342 26.6
Democratic Chris Kennedy 308,731 24.3
Democratic Tio Hardiman 20,479 1.6
Democratic Bob Daiber 14,814 1.2
Democratic Robert Marshall 14,193 1.1
Total votes 1,269,238 100.0

General election

Illinois gubernatorial election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic J. B. Pritzker/Juliana Stratton 2,479,746 54.5
Republican Bruce Rauner/Evelyn Sanguinetti (incumbent) 1,765,751 38.8
Conservative Sam McCann/Aaron Merreighn 192,527 4.2
Libertarian Kash Jackson/Sanj Mohip 109,518 2.4
Write-in 115 0.0
Total votes 4,547,657 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

Attorney General

Illinois Attorney General election, 2018

← 2014 November 6, 2018 2022 →
Turnout56.16%
 
Kwame Raoul RFCG (1).jpg
Erika Harold (13049184745) (cropped).jpg
Nominee Kwame Raoul Erika Harold
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 2,488,326 1,944,142
Percentage 54.7% 42.7%

Illinois Attorney General, 2018.svg
County results
Raoul:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Harold:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Attorney General before election

Lisa Madigan
Democratic

Elected Attorney General

Kwame Raoul
Democratic

Incumbent Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who served since 2003, chose not to run for re-election to a fifth term. Democratic state Senator Kwame Raoul defeated Republican Erika Harold.[6]

Democratic primary

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kwame Raoul 390,472 30.17
Democratic Pat Quinn 352,425 27.23
Democratic Sharon Fairley 164,304 12.70
Democratic Nancy Rotering 123,446 9.54
Democratic Scott Drury 102,193 7.90
Democratic Jesse Ruiz 70,158 5.42
Democratic Renato Mariotti 51,902 4.01
Democratic Aaron Goldstein 39,196 3.03
Total votes 1,294,096 100.0

Republican primary

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Erika Harold 378,707 59.15
Republican Gary Grasso 261,509 40.85
Total votes 640,216 100.0

General election

Illinois Attorney General election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kwame Raoul 2,488,326 54.7
Republican Erika Harold 1,944,142 42.7
Libertarian Bubba Harsy 115,941 2.6
Total votes 4,548,409 100.0
Democratic hold

Secretary of State

Illinois Secretary of State election, 2018

← 2014 November 6, 2018 2022 →
Turnout56.44%
 
Jesse White 2011 (cropped).jpg
3x4.svg
Nominee Jesse White Jason Helland
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 3,120,207 1,336,079
Percentage 68.3% 29.2%

Illinois Secretary of State election, 2018.svg
County results
White:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      80–90%
Helland:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

Secretary of State before election

Jesse White
Democratic

Elected Secretary of State

Jesse White
Democratic

Incumbent Democratic Secretary of State Jesse White, who has been in office since 1999, initially announced in August 2015 that he would retire.[7] On August 17, 2017, White reversed this decision and announced that he would run for re-election to a sixth term.[8] Governing magazine projected the race as "safe Democratic".[9]

Democratic primary

The following candidate appeared on the ballot:

  • Jesse White, incumbent Secretary of State

The following candidate withdrew before the election:

The following potential candidate declined to run:

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jesse White (incumbent) 1,209,978 100.0
Total votes 1,209,978 100.0

Republican primary

The following candidate appeared on the ballot:

The following potential candidate declined to run:

  • J.C. Griffin, Iraq War veteran.[14]
Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jason Helland 609,190 100.0
Total votes 609,190 100.0

Endorsements

Steve Dutner (L)
Newspapers

General election results

Illinois Secretary of State election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jesse White (incumbent) 3,120,207 68.3
Republican Jason Helland 1,336,079 29.2
Libertarian Steve Dutner 114,556 2.5
Total votes 4,570,842 100.0
Democratic hold

Comptroller

Illinois Comptroller election, 2018

← 2016 (special) November 6, 2018 2022 →
Turnout56.00%
 
Susana Mendoza Blue Suit (1).jpg
Darlene Senger 2013-05-13 (3).png
Nominee Susana Mendoza Darlene Senger
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 2,716,853 1,678,346
Percentage 59.9% 37.0%

Illinois Comptroller election, 2018.svg
County results
Mendoza:      40–50%      50–60%      80–90%
Senger:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Comptroller before election

Susana Mendoza
Democratic

Elected Comptroller

Susana Mendoza
Democratic

Incumbent Republican Judy Baar Topinka died on December 10, 2014, after being re-elected to a second term in office. A special election was held in 2016 for the remainder of the term, with Democratic City Clerk of Chicago Susana Mendoza defeating appointed Republican Comptroller Leslie Munger. Mendoza won a full term.

Democratic primary

The following candidate appeared on the ballot:

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Susana Mendoza (incumbent) 1,147,095 100.0
Total votes 1,147,095 100.0

Republican primary

The following candidate appeared on the ballot:

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Darlene Senger 607,187 100.0
Total votes 607,187 100.0

Third parties and independents

Libertarian

The following candidate appeared on the ballot:

General election results

Illinois State Comptroller election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Susana Mendoza (incumbent) 2,716,853 59.9
Republican Darlene Senger 1,678,346 37.0
Libertarian Claire Ball 140,543 3.1
Write-in 17 0.0
Total votes 4,535,759 100.00
Democratic hold

Treasurer

Illinois Treasurer election, 2018

← 2014 November 6, 2018 2022 →
Turnout55.56%
 
Frerichs June 30 2016.jpg
3x4.svg
Nominee Mike Frerichs Jim Dodge
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 2,593,816 1,750,897
Percentage 57.6% 38.9%

Illinois Treasurer election, 2018.svg
County results
Frerichs:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      80–90%
Dodge:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

Treasurer before election

Mike Frerichs
Democratic

Elected Treasurer

Mike Frerichs
Democratic

Democratic primary

The following candidate appeared on the ballot:

Results

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Frerichs (incumbent) 1,087,950 100.0
Total votes 1,087,950 100.0

Republican primary

The following candidate appeared on the ballot:

  • Jim Dodge, Orland Park Village Trustee, and 2010 candidate for Illinois Comptroller.[13]
Results
Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Dodge 602,626 100.0
Total votes 602,626 100.0

General election results

Illinois State Treasurer election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Frerichs (incumbent) 2,593,816 57.6
Republican Jim Dodge 1,710,082 38.9
Libertarian Mike Leheney 155,256 3.5
Write-in 17 0.0
Total votes 4,499,971 100.0
Democratic hold

State Senate

One-third of the seats of the Illinois Senate were up for election in 2018.

State House of Representatives

All of the seats in the Illinois House of Representatives were up for election in 2018.

Judicial elections

Judicial elections were held, consisting of both partisan and retention elections, including those for one seat in the Supreme Court of Illinois and five seats in the Illinois Appellate Court.[18][19]

Local elections

Local elections took place, including county elections such as the Cook County elections.

Notes

  1. ^ For more on Cook County primary turnout, see 2018 Cook County, Illinois elections#Voter turnout
  2. ^ For more on Cook County general election turnout, see 2018 Cook County, Illinois elections#Voter turnout

References

  1. ^ "How Illinois Democrats won a statewide sweep and 2 pivotal congressional seats in the midterm elections". Chicago Tribune. 7 November 2018. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Voter Turnout". www.elections.il.gov. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved 22 March 2020.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Voter Turnout". www.elections.il.gov. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved 22 March 2020.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b c "VOTER TURNOUT, CYBERSECURITY, AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION MARK EVENTFUL YEAR FOR SBE" (PDF). www.elections.il.gov. Illinois State Board of Elections. 21 December 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  5. ^ Aytaç, S. Erdem; Stokes, Susan (November 20, 2018). "Americans just set a turnout record for the midterms, voting at the highest rate since 1914. This explains why". Washington Post.
  6. ^ Pearson, Rick (May 14, 2017). "Boxed in by father, Lisa Madigan seeks fifth term as Illinois attorney general". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  7. ^ Schlikerman, Becky (August 20, 2015). "Secretary of State Jesse White won't seek re-election". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  8. ^ Garcia, Monique (August 17, 2017). "Secretary of State Jesse White says he'll run for a record sixth term". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  9. ^ Jacobson, Louis (4 June 2018). "Secretary of State Races Are More Competitive and Important Than Ever". Governing. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  10. ^ a b Miller, Rich (September 20, 2017). "Hastings circulating petitions for SoS and AG as Ald. Burnett declares he's not circulating". Capitol Fax. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  11. ^ Candidate Detail, Illinois State Board of Elections, Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  12. ^ Miller, Rich (October 5, 2017). "Rauner candidate emerges for secretary of state". Capitol Fax. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  13. ^ a b c "Rauner faces war on two fronts as Republican challenger Ives attacks", Chicago Tribune, December 4, 2017. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  14. ^ Maxwell, Mark (July 20, 2017). "Iraq war vet could challenge Jesse White". WCIA. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  15. ^ https://www.wmay.com/2018/10/18/sj-r-endorses-libertarian-for-secretary-of-state/
  16. ^ Sterrett, Craig (February 12, 2018). "State, local candidates woo Democrats at La Salle". LaSalle News-Tribune. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  17. ^ Bishop, Greg (April 3, 2017). "Medical cannabis dispensary and third-party candidates look forward after court victory". Illinois News Network. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  18. ^ "Illinois Supreme Court elections, 2018". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2020-04-02.
  19. ^ "Illinois intermediate appellate court elections, 2018". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2020-04-02.

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