In the 2014 election for Illinois governor, Republican challenger Bruce Rauner defeated Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn. Rauner captured 1,781,052 votes, representing 50.8 percent of the total, and Quinn won 1,609,152 votes, good for 45.9 percent. Independent candidate Chad Grimm won 118,098 votes, which was 3.4 percent of the votes cast.
In the 2010 election, Quinn defeated Republican Bill Brady by winning 1,745,219 votes, which was 46.8 percent of the votes cast. Brady won 1,713,385 votes, representing 45.9 percent of the total. Scott Lee Cohen, an independent, captured 135,705 votes, good for 3.6 percent. Green Party candidate Rich Whitney won 100,756 votes (2.7 percent), and Libertarian Party candidate Lex Green won 34,681 votes (0.9 percent).