What’s Happening In the Illinois Treasurer’s Race?
What's happening in the Illinois Treasurer's race? That's a good question and we don't have a clear answer yet.
As Reboot Illinois reports, votes still are being counted. What looked like a 22,000 vote win for Cross on Election Night has tightened. The latest numbers show just a 646 vote margin out of nearly 3.5 million votes cast. This could end up being the closest race in state history. Cross still leads but Mike Frerichs continues to pull close and it appears many areas that are still tabulating ballots (provisional, mail-in, etc.) are in areas that would be friendly to the Democrat.
The great website Illinois Election Data has been following the latest news. Here's the most recent update from the site:
Before work this morning I double checked Chicago, Cook, Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Kane, Aurora, Will, Winnebago and Rockford. The only update was in Kane where there were 1,314 new votes over what was previously reported and Tom Cross had a net gain of 1 vote.
The Daily Herald reported last week that Cross is already gearing up for a possible recount challenge:
"In the event that our opponent seeks to pursue a recount, we are assembling a top-notch team of experts and lawyers who are already at work preparing to defend our victory," Cross said in a statement Wednesday.
It could be weeks before all is said and done in the battle for the Treasurer spot. We'll update you as new data becomes available.