BLOOMINGTON — Outspent by his rivals and called little more than a spoiler by some, state Sen. Bill Brady conceded the race for governor Tuesday, saying he just didn't have the money to compete.

With the vote tallies still rolling in, Brady was mired in third place in his third bid for governor.

The Republican from Bloomington had cast himself as the best choice to take on Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in the November general election because of the "buyer's remorse" Illinois voters have had during Quinn's tenure as chief executive.

But, with 77 percent of the precincts reporting across the state Tuesday, Brady had 15 percent of the Republican primary vote behind wealthy businessman Bruce Rauner and state Sen. Kirk Dillard, with 40 percent and 38 percent respectively. Treasurer Dan Rutherford, who had conceded earlier in the evening, stood at 7.5 percent.

Brady had hoped the base he created during his previous runs for governor would help him fend off the big spending Rauner and the union-backed Dillard.

But, in a concession speech at 9:30 p.m., Brady said Tuesday just wasn't his night.

"This didn't end up in case you didn't know they way we hoped," Brady said. "We just didn't have the resources to reach beyond the grass roots.

The 52-year-old real estate developer entered the race last summer with a newfound sense of ease on the stump after making two previous attempts at the state's top elected office.

Brady came close in 2010. After winning the primary, he won 98 of Illinois' 102 counties, but fell short in Quinn's Cook County by less than a percentage point.

In 2006, Brady came in third in the primary, receiving 18 percent of the vote.

With Rauner, a political newcomer who once voted in a Democratic primary, spending big dollars and Dillard getting the backing of Big Labor, Brady said he was the only "reliable Republican" in the race.

But, he also took steps in between the 2010 and 2014 race to seek out reasons why the GOP had lost the governor's race and, in 2012, lost the presidential race. After being labeled as too conservative for the state, Brady got behind an effort to allow illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses in Illinois. As his running mate, he picked Maria Rodriguez, former Long Grove village president, trustee and clerk.

He also spent very little on the race.

"We ran this on a very, very short investment in terms of staff," Brady said.

Brady started the day greeting commuters in Chicago and later returned to his hometown of Bloomington to vote at Centennial Christian Church. He hosted an election night party at a Holiday Inn near Central Illinois Regional Airport.

Brady's loss doesn't mean he's out of office in January. He still has two years left on his Senate term.

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Pam F
Pam F

Likely Brady will run again in 4 years. Then in in 2022. Then in 2026 , , ,

wise 1
wise 1

LOL

masteryoda
masteryoda

Likely he will lose again in 2018, 2022 and 2026.

Pam F
Pam F

But there's hope for 2030!

sad
sad

How many times can he lose before he gets it? We don't want him! It's bad enough we have him in the senate!

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Whatafoolbelieves
Whatafoolbelieves

"That's like the grass calling the pinetree green?"

Oh My
Oh My

I wander if you get the hint?????? The people DO NOT WANT YOU leading them. You are lucky that you hold the office that you have now. Just pay the banks what you OWE them and stop wasting money and the peoples time.

notsoclueless
notsoclueless

Its amazing that every Politian blames lack of funding for losing. I think it is clear from the comments already that the people simply don't support him for governor. Many don't support him for ANY elected office. I think the last run brought out the double standard regarding his bank loans, investments, businesses and tax breaks. On top of that, there are enough people who have probably had negative dealings with his multiple real estate firms, construction firms and loaning institutions for them to have very personal beliefs about Mr. Brady. Time to move on from the dream of being governor.

wise 1
wise 1

No just a lack of VOTES

Snert
Snert

Hard to win the republican nomination when you are really a democrat. Thank goodness you are out.

wise 1
wise 1

ditto

c'mon_man
c'mon_man

Possibly there are enough Republicans '...enjoying their unemployment insurance' who became 'motivated' to vote in the primary. Oh wait, how foolish of me, only Democrats enjoy their unemployment insurance.

earlyriser54
earlyriser54

The democrats are the ones who created the unemployment mess in Illinois and America.

yosemitesam
yosemitesam

I thought the Bush tax cuts were suppose to spur employment by putting more money in the hands of the job creators. Oops, my bad, that didn't work out at all.

Rosco
Rosco

Nope, they are set on blaming democrats when in fact it's not

wise 1
wise 1

POLITICIANS CAN NOT CREATE JOBS YOU PEOPLE ARE STUPID

clg4899
clg4899

Roosevelt created jobs, Eisenhower created jobs, Kennedy created jobs, and Obama created jobs. Federal infrastructure jobs like the CCC, and Interstate highway system, and the space race, and the federal jobs created by the current president. Of course, war creates jobs but not ones the number of which we want to increase.

Rosco
Rosco

Actually is was Bush and republicans

earlyriser54
earlyriser54

You better check again. When Bush left office unemployment was under 6%. If the same standard of measuring to give Bush that number were used with Barack the Job Eliminator right now, the unemployment rate would be over 13%. So goes the fairy tale of it is Bushs' fault.

GoBlue
GoBlue

No more Brady! Time to hang it up!!

coldfiltered
coldfiltered

Hope Brady gets an opponent in the next state senate race. Brady has not done a darn thing and it is way past time to get someone new into that seat.

just a Gramma
just a Gramma

why does everybody have to be so negitive

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