CHICAGO (CBS) — A week after Election Day, the race for Illinois State Treasurer is growing extremely tight, with the two leading candidates separated by just a few hundred votes.
According to published reports, Republican candidate Tom Cross had a lead of 400 to 500 votes over Democrat Mike Frerichs, out of nearly 3.5 million votes counted – or an edge of approximately 0.01 percent.
Now, charges of vote fraud have started to fly. Cross campaign manager Kevin Artl said a canvass of 8,000 votes in suburban Cook County found more than 200 people who voted early, and also cast a provisional ballot on Election Day.
“In a cursory view of 8,000 voters in Cook County, finding a few hundred who cast ballots multiple times is certainly alarming,” he said.