Obama’s home state is ready for hope and change of another kind…
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Republican businessman Bruce Rauner has narrowly defeated incumbent Governor Pat Quinn for the Illinois governorship in what has become the most expensive gubernatorial race in the state’s history.

Rauner has dumped nearly $30 million of his own money into his campaign. According to recent polls he was neck and neck with the unpopular incumbent, whose repeated tax hikes failed to improve the state’s floundering economy. The morning of the election, Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight gave Quinn a 64% chance of winning.

The race was neck and neck all night, with the two trading leads by thousands and even hundreds of votes every few minutes.