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Miller pulling away for Democratic comptroller

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  • S. Raja Krishnamoorthi

      S. Raja Krishnamoorthi


How quickly numbers change.

Early today with 97 percent of precincts counted, The Associated Press reported that fewer than 700 votes separated Democratic comptroller candidates Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Hoffman Estates attorney, and State Representative David Miller, of Lynwood.

A few hours and a few more precincts later, those numbers had changed. By early afternoon, with 99 percent of precincts reporting, that gap had ballooned to more than 6,000 with Miller leading with 384,115 votes totaling 46.6 percent to Krishnamoorthi's 377,839 votes or 45.8 percent.

The numbers seemed to bear out confidence Miller expressed late Tuesday despite the tight race. He noted he's been in this position before, having won his seat in the General Assembly 10 years ago by just 29 votes following a recount. "We're in a better position than we were 10 years ago," he said. "We've looked at the numbers, where we are now and we're very confident." In a prepared statement e-mailed early today, Krishnamoorthi declined to concede the race. "Until every vote is counted fully, accurately and completely, this race is not over," Krishnamoorthi said.

Clinton "Clint" Krislov, a Wilmette tax attorney, also sought the Democratic nomination but polled just 7 percent of the vote.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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