Illinois Primaries: An Update

UPDATE: As of 11:30 pm ET, the governors races are incredibly tight, with Quinn clinging to a small lead and the GOP field completely scrambled.  Follow Hotline On Call all night for results.


No major surprises from tonight's Illinois primaries.  As of 9:30 pm ET,  Andy McKenna, the former state party chair, was leading the seven-person GOP field. (The Tea Party candidate, in case you're wondering, Adam Andrzejewski, is getting about an eighth of the vote, despite a wave of recent publicly.) McKenna outspent the rest of the field.

Governor Pat Quinn, who took over from Rod Blagojevich, was leading his challenger, Dan Hynes.

State Treasurer and Obama pal Alexi Giannoulias maintains his slim pre-election edge over former Chicago ethics cops (there is such a species!) David Hoffmann.

As expected, Rep. Mark Kirk is walking away with the vote in the Republican primary. There will be a bunch of analysts who say that he should have won more than the roughly 60 to 65% of the vote he's going to win, and that spells trouble for him in the fall.

Follow my colleagues at Hotline On Call for full results and analysis.