Illinois gubernatorial election, 2002

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Illinois gubernatorial election, 2002
1998 ←
November 5, 2002 → 2006

Nominee Rod Blagojevich Jim Ryan
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Pat Quinn Carl Hawkinson
Popular vote 1,847,040 1,594,960
Percentage 52.19% 45.07%

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County Results

Governor before election

George Ryan

Elected Governor

Rod Blagojevich

The 2002 Illinois gubernatorial election pitted Congressman Rod Blagojevich and state Attorney General Jim Ryan. Rod Blagojevich won 52% to 45%.

Democratic primary[edit]



Democratic Primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Rod Blagojevich 457,197 36.50%
Democratic Paul Vallas 431,728 34.47%
Democratic Roland Burris 363,591 29.03%
Totals 1,252,516 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]


Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Ryan 410,074 44.68%
Republican Patrick O'Malley 260,860 28.42%
Republican Corrine Wood 246,825 26.89%
Republican Write-ins 69 0.01%
Totals 917,828 100.00%

General election[edit]


In the general election, Blagojevich defeated Republican Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan by a solid margin. Ethics scandals had plagued the previous administration of Republican George Ryan, who had no relation to Jim, and Blagojevich's campaign focused on the theme of "ending business as usual" in state government. During the campaign, Blagojevich played on the name of his opponent by asking "How can you replace one Ryan with another Ryan and call that change? You want change? Elect a guy named Blagojevich."


Illinois gubernatorial election, 2002[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rod Blagojevich 1,847,040 52.19% +4.73%
Republican Jim Ryan 1,594,960 45.07% -5.96%
Libertarian Cal Skinner 73,794 2.09%
Independent Marisellis Brown 23,089 0.65%
Majority 252,080 7.12% +3.55%
Turnout 3,538,891
Democratic gain from Republican Swing


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