Illinois elections, 2014

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A general election was held in the U.S. state of Illinois on November 4, 2014. All of Illinois' executive officers were up for election as well as a United States Senate seat, and all of Illinois' eighteen seats in the United States House of Representatives. Primary elections were held on March 18, 2014.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Governor Pat Quinn ran for re-election to a second full term as Governor. Quinn, the then-Lieutenant Governor, assumed the office of Governor on January 29, 2009, when Rod Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office. He was narrowly elected to a first full term in 2010.[1]

Quinn was renominated by the Democrats, while the Republicans chose businessman businessman and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner and the Libertarians nominated political activist Chad Grimm.

Previously in Illinois, there were separate primary elections for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, with the winners then running together on the same ticket. In 2011, the law was changed and candidates for Governor now pick their own running mate. Incumbent Democratic Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon did not run for re-election, instead running unsuccessfully for Comptroller.[2] She was replaced as Quinn's running mate by former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas. Rauner chose Wheaton City Councilwoman Evelyn Sanguinetti and Grimm chose Alex Cummings.[3]

Rauner defeated Quinn in the general election by 50.3% of the vote to Quinn's 46.4%. Rauner won every county in Illinois except for Cook County, home to the city of Chicago and 40% of the state's residents.[4]

Attorney General[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan ran for re-election to a fourth term in office.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lisa Madigan 427,539 100
Total votes 427,539 100

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared
  • Paul Schimpf, attorney[7]
Withdrew
  • Mark Curran, Lake County Sheriff[8]
  • Mike Webster, attorney, accountant and President of the Board of Education for Cass School District #63 (ran for Secretary of State)[9]
Declined

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paul Schimpf 640,595 100
Total votes 640,595 100

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Lisa
Madigan (D)
Paul
Schimpf (R)
Ben
Koyl (L)
Other Undecided
APC Research October 16–21, 2014 800 ± 3.5% 61% 24% 6% 1% 8%
We Ask America October 6, 2014 1,097 ± 3% 56.24% 31.1% 4.74% 7.91%
We Ask America September 17, 2014 1,071 ± 3.1% 52.57% 32.03% 6.47% 8.93%
We Ask America September 3, 2014 1,096 ± 3% 53.69% 29.83% 5.27% 11.2%
McKeon & Associates July 9–10, 2014 800 ± 3.9% 46% 37% 17%
We Ask America July 30, 2014 1,057 ± 3.02% 51.88% 34.83% 13.28%
We Ask America June 16, 2014 1,023 ± 3.06% 51.09% 35.05% 13.86%

Results[edit]

Illinois Attorney General election, 2014[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lisa Madigan 2,142,558 59.46
Republican Paul Schimpf 1,360,763 37.77
Libertarian Ben Koyl 99,903 2.77
Majority 781,795 21.7%
Total votes 3,603,224 100
Democratic hold

Secretary of State[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Secretary of State Jesse White ran for re-election to a fifth term in office.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jesse White 448,025 100
Total votes 448,025 100

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared
  • Mike Webster, attorney, accountant and President of the Board of Education for Cass School District #63[14]
Withdrew
  • Will Lindsey, businessman[15]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Webster 644,248 100
Total votes 644,248 100

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Jesse
White (D)
Mike
Webster (R)
Christopher
Michel (L)
Other Undecided
APC Research October 16–21, 2014 800 ± 3.5% 68% 19% 5% 1% 7%
We Ask America September 17, 2014 1,071 ± 3.1% 61.01% 27.6% 5.45% 5.94%
We Ask America September 3, 2014 1,096 ± 3% 61.3% 26.04% 5.4% 7.27%
We Ask America July 30, 2014 1,057 ± 3.02% 60.39% 30.48% 9.14%
We Ask America June 16, 2014 1,023 ± 3.06% 62.71% 28.68% 8.61%

Results[edit]

Illinois Secretary of State election, 2014[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jesse White 2,374,849 65.7
Republican Mike Webster 1,134,452 31.39
Libertarian Christopher Michel 104,498 2.89
Write-in Various candidates 809 0.02
Majority 1,240,397 34.32%
Total votes 3,614,608 100
Democratic hold

Comptroller[edit]

Incumbent Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka ran for re-election to a second term in office.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared
Withdrew

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Judy Baar Topinka 680,768 100
Total votes 680,768 100

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sheila Simon 411,623 100
Total votes 411,623 100

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Judy Baar
Topinka (R)
Sheila
Simon (D)
Julie
Fox (L)
Other Undecided
APC Research October 16–21, 2014 800 ± 3.5% 49% 31% 8% 1% 11%
Communication Express September 30, 2014 1,167 ± 2.87% 53.1% 30.5% 5.4% 11%
We Ask America September 17, 2014 1,071 ± 3.1% 54.72% 31.62% 5.81% 7.86%
We Ask America September 2, 2014 1,064 ± 3% 51.41% 31.57% 7.94% 9.08%
We Ask America July 31, 2014 1,005 ± 3.1% 51.24% 32.27% 16.48%
We Ask America June 17, 2014 1,021 ± 3.07% 47.94% 36.89% 15.18%
We Ask America[19] April 27, 2014  ? ± 3.14% 51% 38% 11%
We Ask America[20] April 21, 2014  ? ± 3.21% 56% 29% 15%

Results[edit]

Illinois Comptroller election, 2014[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Judy Baar Topinka 1,775,983 49.56
Democratic Sheila Simon 1,636,593 45.67
Libertarian Julie Fox 170,534 4.76
Write-in Various candidates 176 <0.01
Majority 139,390 3.89%
Total votes 3,583,286 100
Republican hold

Aftermath[edit]

Topinka died on December 10, 2014. Governor Pat Quinn appointed Jerry Stermer to serve out the remainder of her term. A special election may be held for the office in 2016.

Treasurer[edit]

Incumbent Republican Treasurer Dan Rutherford did not run for re-election to a second term in office. He instead ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for Governor.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared
Withdrew
Declined

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Tom
Cross
Bob
Grogan
Bob
Schillerstrom
Other Undecided
Battleground Polling November 3–11, 2013 535 ± 3.97% 27% 13% 60%
Battleground Polling May 20–27, 2013 400 ± 4.8% 21% 18% 61%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Cross 397,691 57.36
Republican Bob Grogan 295,682 42.64
Total votes 693,373 100

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael Frerichs 395,985 100
Total votes 395,985 100

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Tom
Cross (R)
Mike
Frerichs (D)
Matthew
Skopek (L)
Other Undecided
McKeon & Associates October 28, 2014 823 ± 3.9% 35% 32% 7% 26%
APC Research October 16–21, 2014 800 ± 3.5% 38% 34% 7% 2% 20%
We Ask America October 7, 2014 1,083 ± 2.98% 40.38% 39.02% 5.57% 15.02%
Communication Express September 30, 2014 1,134 ± 2.87% 44.4% 33.5% 3.2% 18.9%
We Ask America September 17, 2014 1,071 ± 3.1% 42.49% 35.31% 7.25% 14.95%
We Ask America September 4, 2014 1,014 ± 3.08% 42.68% 36.87% 6.11% 14.34%
We Ask America July 31, 2014 1,005 ± 3.1% 45.12% 34.14% 20.75%
We Ask America June 17, 2014 1,021 ± 3.07% 42.46% 34.51% 23.03%
We Ask America[19] April 27, 2014  ? ± 3.14% 41% 37% 22%
We Ask America[20] April 21, 2014  ? ± 3.21% 33% 20% 47%

Results[edit]

Illinois Treasurer election, 2014[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Frerichs 1,694,884 48.05
Republican Tom Cross 1,685,659 47.79
Libertarian Matthew Skopek 146,654 4.16
Majority 9,225 0.26%
Total votes 3,526,061 100
Democratic gain from Republican

United States Senate[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Senator and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin ran for re-election to a fourth term in office. He defeated Republican State Senator Jim Oberweis and Libertarian Sharon Hansen in the general election.

United States House of Representatives[edit]

All of Illinois' eighteen seats in the United States House of Representatives were up for election in 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Quinn Running Again Because "I Think I'm Doing A Good Job"". NBC Chicago. November 29, 2012. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Simon will not run again for lieutenant governor". Chicago Tribune. February 13, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Charles (October 8, 2013). "Gov candidate Bruce Rauner announces Evelyn Sanguinetti as running mate". ABC 7 Chicago. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Pat Quinn Concedes Illinois Gubernatorial Race to Bruce Rauner". Huffington Post. November 5, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ "This just in… Lisa Madigan announces reelection bid". Capitol Fax. July 15, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Official Illinois State Board of Elections Results. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  7. ^ "Schimpf discusses why he wants Attorney General job". Peoria Public Radio. September 18, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sheriff Curran drops attorney general bid". Lake County News-Sun. February 13, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Mike Webster Announces Bid for Illinois Attorney General". Joliet Patch. October 24, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Leader Cross eyeing attorney general bid". Capitol Fax. May 20, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Durkin to run for House GOP Leader, won’t vote for gay marriage". Capitol Fax. May 30, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c d "November 4, 2014 General election Official results" (PDF). Illinois Secretary of State. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Jesse White launches bid to seek re-election as secretary of state". Chicago Tribune. September 13, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Hinsdale attorney to challenge Jesse White for secretary of state". The Doings Hinsdale. November 20, 2013. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Secretary of state candidate headed to Sugar Grove". Kane County Chronicle. September 28, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Judy Baar Topinka running for Comptroller re-election". ABC Local. September 15, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Simon still thinking about comptroller?". Capitol Fax. March 20, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Sheila Simon to run for comptroller". Chicago Tribune. August 1, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b Poll identified candidate's party
  20. ^ a b Poll did not identify candidate's party
  21. ^ "Big GOP guns back Cross' treasurer run, but House Republicans suffer". Chicago Business. September 13, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  22. ^ "DuPage auditor running for state treasurer". ABC Local. August 27, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  23. ^ "New name emerges in Illinois Treasurer race". Chicago Sun-Times. April 8, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Former DuPage board chairman ends state treasurer bid". Chicago Tribune. September 5, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Poe among contenders to replace Cross as GOP House leader". State Journal-Register. August 21, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  26. ^ Steinberg, Neil (May 30, 2013). "State Treasurer Dan Rutherford to announce run for governor". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Frerichs to run for state treasurer". The News-Gazette. June 21, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 

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