Illinois lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010

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The Illinois lieutenant gubernatorial election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010 following a primary election on February 2, 2010.[1]

The deadline for submission of nominating signatures to qualify for the primary ballot was November 2, 2009.

Democratic primary victor Scott Lee Cohen resigned his nomination less than a week after the primaries and Illinois Democrats chose Sheila Simon to replace his name on the ballot. Simon faced Jason Plummer for the GOP in November. Along with her running mate, incumbent Pat Quinn, Simon prevailed. She took office early in 2011.

Polls were open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm, local time, on all election days. Registration deadlines were 28 days prior to Election Day for both primary and general elections.[2]

Illinois elects the lt. governor and governor on a single ticket in the general election, but runs separate primaries for the two offices, one of 6 states to do so.

On July 10, 2010, Illinois' Governor, Pat Quinn, signed legislation requiring candidates for governor and lt. governor to be jointly nominated at the primary election. The law took effect January 1, 2011, making 2010 the last electoral cycle for Illinois' separate ticket balloting system for its highest offices.

The November Ballot – Who Made It? Illinois Lieutenant Governor[3]
Nominee Affiliation
Sheila Simon, with Pat Quinn Democrat
Jason Plummer, with Bill Brady Republican
Don W. Crawford, with Rich Whitney Green
Ed Rutledge, with Lex Green Libertarian
Baxter B. Swilley, with Scott Lee Cohen Independent
This lists candidates who won their state's primary or convention, or who were unopposed, and who were officially certified for the November ballot by their state's election authority.

November 2, 2010 general election results

Official results were certified on December 3, 2010 and posted at the Illinois State Board of Election.

2010 Illinois lieutenant gubernatorial general election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Sheila Simon 46.63%
     Republican Party Jason Plummer 46.11%
     Green Party Don W. Crawford 2.70%
     Independent Baxter B. Swilley 3.64%
     Libertarian Party Ed Rutledge 0.93%
Total Votes 3,692,348



  • Sheila Simon, daughter of the late Senator Paul Simon, was the official Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor. However, she was never a primary candidate, instead having been designated as the replacement candidate when the winner of the primary election stepped aside over ethical issues.
  • Mike Boland
  • Thomas Michael Castillo
  • Scott Lee Cohen won the primary only to withdraw days later when issues from his past came to light. The State Committee, already set to meet on March 17th, moved its meeting to March 15, 2010 and choose Sheila Simon as a replacement candidate, effective as of March 27, 2010.
  • Rickey R. Hendon
  • Terry Link
  • Arthur L. Turner



  • Jeff Trexler


  • Don W. Crawford


  • Edward "Ed" Rutledge


  • Edmund J. "Ed" Scanlan

February 2, 2010 primary

2010 Race for Lieutenant Governor - Democrat Primary[4]
Candidates Percentage
Michael Boland (D) 12.88%
Thomas Michael Castillo (D) 12.82%
Green check mark.jpg Scott Lee Cohen (D) 25.97%
Ricky R. Hendon (D) 13.83%
Terry Link (D) 12.21%
Arthur L. Turner (D) 22.29%
Total votes 821,958
2010 Race for Lieutenant Governor - Republican Primary[5]
Candidates Percentage
Brad Cole (R) 8.75%
Dennis W. Cook (R) 7.90%
Matt Murphy (R) 33.33%
Green check mark.jpg Jason Plummer (R) 33.98%
Don Tracy 11.43%
Randy A. White, Sr. (R) 4.61%
Total votes 700,856

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