SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican Tom Cross has conceded the Illinois treasurer’s race to Democrat Mike Frerichs.

Cross released a statement Wednesday saying he called and congratulated Frerichs, a state senator from Champaign.

The hard-fought race had as few as 400 votes separating the candidates early this week. That’s two weeks after the Nov. 4 balloting. But local election jurisdictions finished counting late-arriving mail-in and provisional ballots Tuesday.

Cross is the former House minority leader from Oswego. He says Frerichs has “demonstrated time and time again his commitment to our state.”

Frerichs had an afternoon news conference scheduled. His spokesman didn’t immediately have comment.

The final vote tally won’t be known until state officials certify the count Nov. 30.

The contest still promises to be among the closest statewide races in Illinois’ history.

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