Much of Central Illinois opted to keep Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, but three area counties bucked the trend.
Peoria, Fulton and Knox counties voted for Democrat J.B. Pritzker, who ultimately won Tuesday’s midterm governor’s race, buoyed mainly by Chicago and the majority of its suburbs, along with votes a handful of counties across the state, including Rock Island, Champaign and St. Clair in the St. Louis suburbs.
Peoria voted for Pritzker 48 percent to 44 percent. Knox went for Pritzker 46 to 44.7, while Fulton went 45-40 for the Democrat.
The most heavily conservative vote in the governor’s race in Central Illinois was Woodford, which went 67-23 for Rauner. Livingston went 62-28 for Rauner. McLean, Tazewell, Mason, Stark, Marshall, Putnam and LaSalle also opted for Rauner.
The results contrast sharply with the 2014 gubernatorial race, when only Cook County opted for then-Gov. Pat Quinn over challenger Bruce Rauner.