GOP Illinois governor candidate Bill Brady on Friday conceded to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, agreeing that his 19,000-plus vote lead made him the winner.
Though the Associated Press called the Illinois governor's race on Thursday, Brady and his team held out hope that uncounted military, absentee and overseas ballots would add up to a victory.
On Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported
, Brady threw in the towel. "Gov. Quinn won this race. He worked hard for it," Brady told reporters at a Bloomington hotel in central Illinois. Brady said he called Quinn. "I congratulated him on his victory."
Quinn became governor in January, 2009 after former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on corruption charges. Quinn scheduled a press conference later on Friday to discuss his victory.
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