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Ballots not adding up for Brady; Republicans grim
|Last Edited||COSDem Nov 03, 2010 05:58pm|
|News Date||Thursday, November 4, 2010 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||eading Republicans this afternoon are privately expressing doubts that Bill Brady can overcome Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's narrow lead following Tuesday's election, and a Tribune survey of election officials likewise indicates there may not be enough ballots left uncounted to make a difference. |
Brady and his supporters this morning held out hope that tens of thousands of absentee ballots yet to be counted, along with other stragglers, could help him make up Quinn's 8,300-vote lead.
"Do we recognize the reality of coming up with 8,000 votes as an uphill climb? Of course we do. But nobody's ready to throw in the towel," said Brien Sheahan, the lead counsel for the state Republican Party.
But as the day wore on, a survey of election officials in about three dozen of the state’s most populous counties indicated the real number of votes left to be counted is much smaller. And most of those outstanding votes will come from areas where Democrat Quinn did better than Republican Brady.
There are about 14,000 absentee ballots waiting to be counted in Cook County and Chicago, but those are expected to be lean heavily to Quinn. There were less than 150 absentee ballots waiting to be counted in the other populous counties surveyed by the Tribune, including DuPage, Will, Lake, Kendall, Kane, Madison, St. Clair and Brady's home county of McLean.