Dillard, who was widely perceived as being the most moderate candidate in the GOP field, is scheduled to hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. ET. The Sun-Times reports that Dillard will concede the race to the more conservative Brady. Dillard had previously indicated that he would not seek a recount -- for which his campaign would have had to pay $1 million -- if the final tally had him trailing Brady by more than 100 votes.
In 2007, Dillard was featured in a campaign commercial for Barack Obama's campaign for the Democratic nominationÂ for president, at the same time as he was himself supporting John McCain, praising Obama's bipartisanship.
A recent Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll for the general election put the Democrat Quinn, who succeeded to the office after the impeachment and removal of Dem Gov. Rod Blagojevich, ahead of Brady by 47%-32%. The same poll had Quinn ahead of Dillard by 46%-35%.