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JB Pritzker wins Governor race, Rauner concedes

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UPDATE AT 10:30 P.M.: 

CHICAGO -- Rauner’s concession came 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 is time for everyone to put aside their political differences. He added it was an honor to serve as governor.

"I ask and I encourage all of us to put aside partisan politics put aside hard feelings, now is the time to move forward," Rauner said. "There is so much work to be done. We have made great progress in the last four years, but we can't let this progress end."

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.

"I want to thank him for his service to this state over the last four years and I wish him and his family well," Pritzker said.

Pritzker continued in his speech by talking about the future of Illinois.

"We make no small plans for Illinois," Rauner said. "We will strive for the highest graduation rate in the nation. We can become the biggest hub of entrepreneur between the coasts. We will grow the diversity of the economy by growing jobs across Illinois especially for communities that have been left out and left behind because none of us succeed unless we fight for all us to succeed."

The race between Pritzker and Rauner was the most expensive race in Illinois' history.

UPDATE AT 8:25 P.M.:

CHICAGO -- Rauner tweeted to his supporters following his concession speech.

ORIGINAL STORY AT 7:20 P.M.

CHICAGO -- Multiple media outlets are reporting J.B. Pritzker has won the race for Illinois Governor. The race was the second most expensive Governor's race in U.S. history.

The candidates raised a combined $255 million. Pritzker spent $161 million of his own money, and Rauner spent a reported $58 million.

Pritzker's campaign manager tweeted that Governor Rauner has already called Pritzker to concede.

Earlier in the day, our ABC affiliate in Chicago reported that the mood at Pritzker's event was very upbeat. By contrast, the governor appeared subdued after voting.

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