The Democratic primary race for governor was closer in the local area than it was statewide.
J.B. Pritzker easily won the Democratic nomination with 45.2 percent of the vote statewide, compared to 26.6 percent for state Sen. Daniel Biss and 24.3 percent for Chris Kennedy.
But, in Riverside the order of the top-three candidates was reversed. Kennedy carried the village of Riverside with 39 percent of the Democratic vote, while Biss received a little more than 31 percent and Pritzker received just 26 percent.
However, Pritzker carried Brookfield and North Riverside.
In Brookfield, Pritzker received 35 percent of the vote to 33 percent for Biss and 29 percent for Kennedy. Pritzker carried North Riverside by a bigger margin, but still less than his statewide margin. Pritzker received 40 percent of the vote in North Riverside, compared to Kennedy’s 30 percent and Biss’ 27 percent.
Statewide, Pritzker seemed to do best in less affluent areas, piling up huge margins in predominately African-American wards in Chicago.
The Republican race for governor was as close in the local area as it was statewide. Incumbent Governor Bruce Rauner held off his conservative challenger, state Rep. Jeanne Ives, by less than 20,000 votes receiving 51.4 percent of the vote to 48.8 for Ives.
Locally, Rauner carried Riverside and North Riverside by small margins, while Ives had a slight edge in Brookfield.
Rauner did best locally in Riverside winning 52.2 percent of the vote there to 47.8 percent for Ives. In North Riverside, Rauner edged Ives by just four votes, 172 to 168. In Brookfield Ives received 51.5 percent of the vote to 48.4 percent for Rauner.
As it was statewide, turnout was much heavier in the Democratic primary than it was in the Republican primary.
Across Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield more than three times as many people voted in the Democratic primary than the Republican primary. There also were more contested races on the Democratic ballot, including races for judge, which may have influenced some typical Republican voters to take a Democratic ballot.