Speed Reads

2018 midterms

Illinois' Republican governor just lost to a Democrat

The Illinois governor's seat has flipped blue, with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner conceding to Democrat J.B. Pritzker, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Pritzker secured 62 percent of the vote to Rauner's 32.7 percent with 30.6 percent of precincts reporting, per Politico. The incumbent conceded in a phone call less than an hour after polls closed, and told his campaign party that "this is a time for us to unite," per the Tribune.

Rauner was running for a second term against the billionaire Democrat and heir to the Hyatt hotel chain. Pritzker will become the wealthiest governor in U.S. history, Fox News says. Rauner was also independently wealthy and only accepted a $1 salary.