Three incumbents seeking to hold onto their statewide offices prevailed.
Secretary of State Jesse White won an unprecedented fifth term, racking up 65 percent of the vote against Republican Mike Webster. He got more votes than anybody on Election Day, 2.1 million.
“I’m just glad that the night has come to an end, and that the people spoke and they spoke in volume, and I’m just really honored that they thought enough of me to provide me with the margin of victory,” he said.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan took 59 percent of the vote in defeating Republican Paul Schimpf. Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka won re-election, knocking off Democratic Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon 50-45, and for treasurer, Republican State Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego) beat Democrat State Sen. Mike Frerichs (D-Champaign) 48-47.
SECRETARY OF STATE
w-Jesse White (D) (inc.) – 2,235,643 – 65 percent
Mike Webster (R) – 1,089,096 – 32 percent
Christopher Michel (Libertarian) – 101,056 – 3 percent