Illinois 3/20 Primaries At a Glance


Illinois has its statewide primary election on Tuesday, March 20. Here are a few facts about the state and three key races, with the names of the Democratic candidates and links to their campaign websites.

The winner of the primary is determined by the candidate who receives the most votes. Illinois does not have a run off elections for the primaries. Additionally, Illinois has an open primary. Illinois voters do not have to register their party affiliation in advance because voters announce which primary they want to vote in at their polling place.

The State At A Glance
– No Senators are up for re-election in 2018
– All 18 House Representatives are up for re-election
– Illinois went +17 for Clinton in 2016
– Partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
     Governor (R)
     State Senate 37 (D) – 22 (R)
     State House 67 (D) – 51 (R)

Key State Races

There are 6 Democratic candidates for governor. Currently, Pritzker, Biss and Kennedy are polling ahead of the others. Click the link for their campaign to learn more about them, and if you’re inspired to do so, volunteer to help them in this final week!

Daniel Biss  – campaign website
Bob Daiber – campaign website
Tio Hardiman – campaign website
Chris Kennedy – campaign website
Robert Marshall – campaign website
J.B. Pritzker – campaign website

WGN9 has a look at the Democratic candidates here: Meet the 8 Democrats hoping to replace Lisa Madigan as attorney general

Scott Drury – campaign website
Sharon Fairley – campaign website
Aaron Goldstein – campaign website
Renato Mariotti – campaign website
Kwame Raoul – campaign website
Nancy Rotering – campaign website
Jesse Ruiz – campaign website
Pat Quinn – campaign website

This race has received extra attention as the incumbent, Ira Silverstein has been accused of inappropriate behavior and because there was some drama around the number of signatures he needed to get on the ballot.

Caroline McAteer-Fournier – campaign website
Ira Silverstein – campaign website
Zehra Quadri – no campaign website found
Ram Villivalam – campaign website
David Zulkey – campaign website

For a list of all of the state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: Illinois Elections 2018.

The week before Election Day is the time to do a full-court press on Getting Out the Vote. If you want to help any of these candidates win their primary, help them get the turnout they need. Check out our guide to GOTV.

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