Morgan County voters back Rauner in a big way, support GOP Senate candidate

By Gary Scott on November 5, 2014 at 1:15pm

They may still be counting the ballots in Chicago, but in Morgan County, it wasn’t close in the governor’s race.

In total, 11,259 votes were cast in Morgan County. Bruce Rauner got about 65 percent of the vote with 7,124. Incumbent Pat Quinn received 3,142 votes, with third-party candidate Chad Grimm getting 716 votes.

Paul Schimpf lost the Attorney General race to incumbent Lisa Madigan, but got 50 percent of the vote in Morgan County, compared to Madigan’s 47 percent. Tom Cross and Mike Frerichs are still neck-and-neck waiting for the final votes to be counted, but Cross beat Frerichs in Morgan County by over 36-hundred votes.

C.D. Davidsmeyer, as expected, carried his home county by a wide margin in the 100th District race over Josh Evans, with a total of 8,766 votes compared to Evans’ 2,338.

Jim Oberweis had more support than Dick Durbin in the Senate race in our county, getting a total of 6,149 votes to Durbin’s 4,485. Liberterian Sharon Hansen got 413 votes.

WLDS-WEAI News was just about on the money in predicting voter turnout. We said about half of the registered voters in Morgan County would show up yesterday; the final numbers indicated 51 percent cast ballots.

County Clerk Jill Waggener says she was “very pleased” with the turnout. Waggener adds she’s happy with the job the way the election went in Morgan County, although she acknowledges there was a slight delay in getting results out.

“My judges came in maybe five or ten minutes later, and I usually don’t start running reports until I get at least ten precincts in, but last night, we waited for about fifteen or sixteen precincts just because all my judges were coming at once,” says Waggener.

“So, it got just a little hectic in-house, but there were no problems.”

View more results from yesterday’s election by visiting the Elections page on our website.