Pritzker leads Democratic sweep of state’s top offices

J.B. Pritzker

Billionaire Democrat JB Pritzker easily defeated incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner in the Illinois governor’s race.

Pritzker led the Democratic ticket that swept the top statewide offices to victory.

Current state legislator Kwame Raoul easily won over Republican Erika Harold, a first-time candidate.

Incumbent Democrat Mike Frerichs held his treasurer’s office and Susan Mendoza defeated incumbent Republican Darlene Senger for comptroller.

And venerable Democrat Jesse White coasted to another term as secretary of state.

Pritzker started running early in 2017 and never looked back, all while self-funding his campaign.

Rauner, who was elected in 2014 on what he called reforming Illinois government and boosting jobs and a pro-business platform, will be a one-term governor.

Rauner’s four years has been marked by budget shutdowns and jobs and people leaving the state. He was locked in continued battles with Democrats especially longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan.