State Sen. Bill Brady's razor-thin margin of victory in the Republican gubernatorial primary election proves once again that every vote counts.
After more than a month of confusion, the Illinois gubernatorial race has became a little more clear.
A Bloomington resident, Sen. Bill Brady Friday was formally declared the winner, narrowly defeating second-placed finisher and fellow state Sen. Kirk Dillard by 193 votes. Although Brady led from the beginning, the election remained up in the air until the official results were in.
Dillard has opted not to seek a recount because of the expense and time involved.
So it'll be Brady against Democrat Pat Quinn, the former lieutenant governor who succeeded the impeached Rod Blagojevich.
But there's still more confusion lower on the ballot.
Although Republican Jason Plummer is running for lieutenant governor with Brady, Democrats have yet to fill their vacant lieutenant governor slot after primary winner Scott Lee Cohen resigned from the ticket.
The race will offer voters a sharp choice in the November election.
The liberal Quinn and conservative Brady don't agree on much of anything. The wild card factor is that neither candidate has been exposed to the rigors and scrutiny that comes with running for such a high-profile office as governor.
Both men do, however, have substantial resumes in public and private life, and voters can look forward to a spirited campaign.