WGIL News Audio: 7am News, Sports and Obits click HERE | For the latest WGIL news click HERE

Dillard Concedes But Says He “Came Real Close”

WGIL Newsroom . 2014 Primary, State News 126

State Senator Kirk Dillard is joined by State Rep. Don Moffitt during a campaign stop Saturday at Spudo's in Galesburg.

State Senator Kirk Dillard is joined by State Rep. Don Moffitt during a campaign stop in February at Spudo’s in Galesburg. WGIL News File Photo.

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — State Sen. Kirk Dillard says even though he lost the GOP nomination for Illinois governor, he “came real close” to winning.

Dillard congratulated businessman Bruce Rauner during his Tuesday night concession speech. Dillard also offered the Illinois Republican Party advice during his speech too. He said the GOP in the state should “follow our broad-based coalition.” Dillard had support from some of the state’s largest public-employee unions and others statewide.

Dillard said his campaign was looking to “bring an end to one city and one party control of Illinois.” Dillard told his supporters he would see them “in a different capacity down the road.”

Rauner takes on Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn in the November general election.

All AP stories are Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

The following provision applies to all visitors (which shall include persons and representatives of legal entities, whether such representatives are persons or digital engines of a kind that crawls, indexes, scrapes, copies, stores or transmits digital content). By accessing this Web site or digital service, you specifically acknowledge and agree that: (i) Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium; (ii) No Associated Press materials nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal and non-commercial use; (iii) The Associated Press will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions therefrom or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing; (iv) The Associated Press is an intended third party beneficiary of these terms and conditions and it may exercise all rights and remedies available to it; and (v) The Associated Press reserves the right to audit possible unauthorized commercial use of AP materials or any portion thereof at any time.