The results of the March 18 primary election in Champaign County were made official Tuesday when late-arriving absentee ballots and most provisional ballots were counted.
URBANA — The results of the March 18 primary election in Champaign County were made official Tuesday when late-arriving absentee ballots and most provisional ballots were counted by Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten.
There were no changes in the Election Day winners as a result of the official count. The county's closest race — a 25-vote victory for Shana Jo Harrison over incumbent Ralph Langenheim in the county board District 7 Democratic primary — grew to 28 votes.
Overall, 77 ballots — 44 Republican and 33 Democratic — were added to the unofficial totals that had been retabulated last week. The Champaign County totals now go to the Illinois State Board of Elections, which later this month will certify each county's election results and release official statewide totals.
Champaign County's official totals show that 23,299 ballots were cast March 18, a 21.16 percent turnout that fell in line with other recent nonpresidential year primary totals. In 2010, the county's turnout was 19 percent; in 2006, it was 20.21 percent.
There were 14,683 Republican ballots cast and 8,547 Democratic ballots.
— In the most heated local race — the Democratic contest for the 103rd Illinois House seat being vacated by Rep. Naomi Jakobsson — Carol Ammons of Urbana ended up with 56.84 percent of the vote to Sam Rosenberg's 43.16 percent.
— In another top Democratic primary race, Champaign resident George Gollin added to his Champaign County victory margin in the 13th Congressional District race, drawing 3,386 votes to 2,696 for Ann Callis and 789 votes for David Green, also of Champaign. Overall, though, Callis won the race and will be the Democratic nominee for Congress against incumbent Rep. Rodney Davis.
— Davis' percentage in Champaign County improved slightly with the new ballots counted, although he still finished second in the county GOP primary to Urbana native Erika Harold. She had 6,348 votes to 2,519 for Davis and 183 for Michael Firsching of Moro.
— In the four-way Republican gubernatorial primary in Champaign County, state Sen. Kirk Dillard was first with 5,786 votes to 4,735 for Bruce Rauner — the GOP nominee — to 2,327 for state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington and 1,566 for state Treasurer Dan Rutherford.
The additional ballots counted Tuesday included 63 absentee ballots that arrived by mail after the election but were postmarked before Election Day, plus 14 provisional ballots that were deemed valid by the county clerk.