In one of the most expensive governor’s races in American history, rich Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner suffered a resounding defeat Tuesday to even-richer Democratic challenger JB Pritzker.
With 66 percent of precincts reporting, Pritzker led Rauner by nearly 20 points, echoing polls that showed the Democrat with a huge lead late in the race.
It was exactly the return Pritzker had hoped to reap from a historic investment in his fledgling political career. Pritzker, a multi-billionaire heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune, poured an astonishing $171.5 million of his own money into his first political run.