House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) said Republican attempts to make the 2018 elections a referendum on him were “a failure.”
“Rauner and the Republican Party spent several years and hundreds of millions of dollars focused on tearing down one man, and last night that strategy definitively failed for Republicans up and down the ballot who joined in the effort,” said Madigan in a post-election memo sent out by the Democratic Party of Illinois.
Madigan featured prominently in advertising from outgoing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, attorney general candidate Erika Harold, and other Republican candidates.
“Of the dozens of Illinois Republicans that ran on a platform tying their opponent to Speaker Madigan, nearly every one lost. Some attempts were hateful, others laughable, including suggestions that the Speaker is committing acts of violence against others, but after the votes have been counted, the tactic was a clear failure,” said Madigan.
Democrats swept the statewide elected races, with J.B. Pritzker winning the gubernatorial race by a large margin. Two suburban Republicans, Peter Roskam and Randy Hultgren, lost their races to Democrats. Downstate Republican representatives Rodney Davis and Mike Bost retained their seats in hotly-contested races.
We are reaching out to the Illinois Republican Party for comment.