Democratic candidate J.B. Pritzker will be Illinois’s new governor. He defeated incumbent Republican Governor Bruce Rauner in a contest filled with unusual campaign tactics. Pritzker set a record in campaign finance by giving his own campaign more than 160-million-dollars of which 80-million was used for political ads.
Rauner started his concession speech less than an hour after polls closed, saying “this is a time for us to come together. This is a time for us to unite.” The governor called Pritzker before speaking to the crowd at his campaign party and promised a smooth transition, Rauner’s campaign said.