CHICAGO — Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner conceded to Democratic opponent J.B. Pritzker less than an hour after polls closed Tuesday.
Early vote totals had Pritzker with about 65 percent of the vote. Rauner shared the remaining percentage with two independent candidates.
In his concession speech, Rauner said it was time to put aside partisan differences. He added it was an honor to serve as governor.
Pritzker, a billionaire, held a strong lead over Rauner in most polls leading up to the voting. He appears to have capitalized not only on Rauner's lack of popularity but broader dissatisfaction with GOP President Donald Trump.
Rauner and Pritzker spent more than $280 million in their bid for office in what is likely to become the most expensive race for governor in history.