Illinois gubernatorial election, 2014

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Illinois gubernatorial election, 2014
Illinois
2010 ←
November 4, 2014 → 2018

  Bruce Rauner August 2014.jpg Governor Pat Quinn.jpg
Nominee Bruce Rauner Pat Quinn
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Evelyn Sanguinetti Paul Vallas
Popular vote 1,823,627 1,681,343
Percentage 50.27% 46.35%

Illinois Governor Election Results by County, 2014.svg

Results by county

Governor before election

Pat Quinn
Democratic

Elected Governor

Bruce Rauner
Republican

The 2014 Illinois gubernatorial election was held on November 4, 2014, to elect the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, concurrently with the election to Illinois' Class II U.S. Senate seat, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Incumbent Democratic Governor Pat Quinn ran for re-election to a second full term in office. 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. Primary elections were held on March 18, 2014.[1] Quinn was renominated by the Democrats, while the Republicans chose 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. 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.

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.[2][3] Quinn was the only Democratic governor to lose re-election in the general election in 2014.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Pat
Quinn
Tio
Hardiman
Other Undecided
Strive Strategies March 9, 2014 563 ± 4.21% 64% 36%

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Pat Quinn (Incumbent) 321,818 71.94%
Democratic Tio Hardiman 125,500 28.06%
Totals 447,318 100%

Republican primary[edit]

By early summer 2013, the field seeking the Republican nomination was set at four candidates.[25] Two of them, State Senators Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, had sought the nomination in 2010, with Brady edging out Dillard by 193 votes, but ultimately losing to Pat Quinn by less than 1 percent.[26] Dan Rutherford, who was elected state treasurer in 2010 after serving as a State Representative and State Senator, formally entered the race on June 2.[27]

Rauner had announced the formation of an exploratory committee in March[28] and made his entry into the Republican field official on June 5.[29] Despite longstanding rumors that Rauner was committed to spending $50 million on his campaign, he denied in an interview ever specifying a dollar figure.[30]

By the date of the primary, Rauner had broken the previous record for self-funding in an Illinois gubernatorial race by putting more than $6 million of his own money into his campaign. In total, he raised more than $14 million before the primary election.[31]

On March 18, 2014, Rauner won the Republican primary, collecting 40% of the vote, compared to 37% for State Senator Kirk Dillard.

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Removed[edit]

  • Peter Edward Jones (removed from the ballot)[40][41]
    • Running mate: None[40]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Adam
Andrzejewski
Bill
Brady
Kirk
Dillard
Dan
Proft
Bruce
Rauner
Dan
Rutherford
Aaron
Schock
Joe
Walsh
Other Undecided
We Ask America March 17, 2014 1,126 ± 3% 19.35% 27.36% 44.24% 9.04%
Illinois Mirror/WAS March 16, 2014 1,162 ± 3% 15.4% 26.3% 31.5% 5.4% 21.4%
We Ask America March 11, 2014 1,235 ± 2.9% 18.9% 25.76% 46.46% 8.88%
Tribune/WGN-TV March 1–5, 2014 600 ± 4% 18% 23% 36% 9% 13%
We Ask America March 4, 2014 1,262 ± 2.85% 11.65% 14.45% 39.88% 8.2% 25.82%
We Ask America February 25, 2014 1,178 ± 3% 12.8% 17.25% 35.6% 7.48% 26.88%
McKeon & Assoc.* February 18–19, 2014 831 ± 3.6% 24% 13% 32% 3% 18%
We Ask America February 18, 2014 1,323 ± ? 14% 13% 35% 8% 30%
Tribune/WGN-TV February 5–8, 2014 600 ± 4% 20% 11% 40% 13% 15%
We Ask America January 14, 2014 1,139 ± 2.9% 17% 9% 34% 15% 25%
Ogden & Fry January 2014 778 ± 2.5% 8.4% 5.8% 18.8% 9.5% 57.5%
We Ask America November 26, 2013 1,233 ± 2.79% 18% 10% 26% 17% 29%
Public Policy Polling November 22–25, 2013 375 ± 5.1% 17% 10% 24% 14% 36%
We Ask America November 14, 2013 1,191 ± 2.94% 25% 14% 11% 18% 32%
Battleground Polling November 3–11, 2013 535 ± 3.97% 13% 12% 12% 18% 45%
We Ask America August 13, 2013 1,102 ± ? 21% 10% 14% 17% 32%
We Ask America June 20, 2013 1,310 ± 2.8% 18% 11% 12% 22% 38%
Battleground Polling May 20–27, 2013 400 ± 4.8% 19% 14% 13% 5% 27% 22%
Paul Simon Institute January 27–February 8, 2013 186 ± 7.2% 2.2% 9.7% 3.2% 1.6% 10.2% 9.1% 5.9% 4.8% 53.2%
Public Policy Polling November 26–28, 2012 303 ± 5.6% 14% 12% 7% 19% 18% 8% 7% 15%
  • * Internal poll for Bill Brady campaign

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bruce Rauner 328,934 40.13%
Republican Kirk Dillard 305,120 37.22%
Republican Bill Brady 123,708 15.09%
Republican Dan Rutherford 61,848 7.55%
Totals 819,624 100%

Third Party and Independents[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Chad Grimm (Libertarian), political activist, candidate for the State House in 2012 and candidate for the Peoria City Council in 2013[63]
    • Running mate: Alex Cummings

Removed from ballot[edit]

Declined[edit]

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Pat
Quinn (D)
Bruce
Rauner (R)
Chad
Grimm (L)
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling November 1–2, 2014 1,064 ± 3% 47% 45% 3% 5%
48% 48% 4%
McKeon & Associates October 28, 2014 823 ± 3.9% 45% 42% 4% 9%
We Ask America October 27–28, 2014 2,327 ± 3% 49.5% 44.8% 5.6%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov October 16–23, 2014 3,519 ± 3% 45% 41% 1% 13%
Rasmussen Reports October 20–22, 2014 1,000 ± 3% 47% 48% 2% 4%
APC Research October 16–21, 2014 800 ± 3.5% 43% 45% 4% 7%
Southern Illinois University September 23–October 15, 2014 1,006 RV ± 3% 41.2% 38.6% 4.5% 0.9% 14.9%
691 LV ± 3.7% 40.7% 42.4% 3% 0.9% 13%
We Ask America October 8, 2014 1,051 ± 3.02% 44.48% 41.03% 6.95% 7.53%
University of Illinois Springfield October 2–8, 2014 723 ± 3.7% 41.3% 43.1% 1.5% 14%
We Ask America October 6, 2014 1,097 ± 3% 43.63% 39.6% 5.88% 10.9%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov September 20–October 1, 2014 3,955 ± 2% 46% 43% 1% 10%
Communication Express September 30, 2014 1,208 ± 2.87% 36.7% 42.5% 5% 15.8%
Fabrizio Lee September 27–29, 2014 600 ± 4% 41% 39% 5% 15%
Rasmussen Reports September 24–25, 2014 750 ± 4% 44% 42% 6% 8%
Battleground Polling September 23–24, 2014 408 ± 4.8% 43% 43% 6% 8%
We Ask America September 18–19, 2014 1,418 ± 3% 41% 44% 6% 9%
Global Strategy Group September 4–7, 2014 605 ± 4% 43% 40% 5% 12%
APC Research September 3–5, 2014 800 ± 3.5% 48% 37% 5% 10%
We Ask America September 2, 2014 1,064 ± 3% 37.09% 45.59% 7.27% 10.05%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov August 18–September 2, 2014 4,363 ± 3% 40% 44% 2% 13%
Garin Hart Yang Research Group* August 12–14, 2014 802 ± 3.5% 43% 46% 11%
We Ask America August 5–6, 2014 1,085 ± 3.12% 37.86% 50.76% 11.38%
Gravis Marketing August 4–5, 2014 567 ± 4% 40% 48% 12%
Rasmussen Reports July 29–30, 2014 750 ± 4% 39% 44% 7% 10%
We Ask America July 28, 2014 1,087 ± 2.97% 32.78% 46.82% 20.4%
Mellman Group^ July 27–29, 2014 600 ± 5% 38% 39% 23%
Harstad Strategic Research July 17–22, 2014 1,003 ± 3.1% 42% 46% 3% 8%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov July 5–24, 2014 5,298 ± 2.1% 43% 46% 2% 8%
McKeon & Associates July 9–10, 2014 800 ± 3.9% 34% 40% 26%
Capitol Fax/We Ask America July 8, 2014 940 ± 3.2% 39% 51% 10%
We Ask America June 10–11, 2014 1,075 ± 3% 37.06% 47.2% 15.74%
Where America Stands May 12, 2014 1,168 ± 3% 31.3% 48.9% 0.6% 3.3%[68] 15.9%
We Ask America[69] April 27, 2014  ? ± 3.14% 44% 44% 12%
We Ask America[70] April 21, 2014  ? ± 3.21% 38% 49% 13%
Rasmussen Reports April 9–10, 2014 750 ± 4% 40% 43% 6% 10%
Where America Stands March 27, 2014 1,033 ± 3% 32.3% 45.6% 1.4% 1.7%[71] 19%
Gravis Marketing March 21–22, 2014 806 ± 3% 35% 43% 22%
We Ask America January 30, 2014 1,354 ± 2.7% 39% 47% 14%
Public Policy Polling November 22–25, 2013 557 ± 4.2% 41% 38% 21%
  • * Internal Poll for Dick Durbin campaign
  • ^ Internal Poll for Pat Quinn campaign

Results[edit]

Illinois gubernatorial election, 2014[72]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bruce Rauner/Evelyn Sanguinetti 1,823,627 50.27%
Democratic Pat Quinn/Paul Vallas (Incumbent) 1,681,343 46.35%
Libertarian Chad Grimm/Alex Cummings 121,534 3.35%
Write-in Various candidates 1,186 0.03%
Majority 142,284 3.92%
Totals 3,627,690 100%
Republican gain from Democratic

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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