Former one-term Democratic Congressman Brad Schneider has won Illinois' 10th congressional district seat from Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Dold.
This year marked the third consecutive matchup between Dold and Schneider in the North Shore's 10th congressional district. The race, which political analysts expected to be a toss-up, was tight throughout the night. Schneider was trailing Dold for most of the evening, and pulled ahead at the very end after early voting results were included.
At about 10:30 p.m., news of Schneider's win broke at his election night party at the Northbrook Hilton. The crowd erupted in chants of "Yes we did!"
Illinois' hotly contested and expensive race between incumbent state Rep. Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) and Democrat Merry Marwig is largely considered to be a proxy battle waged by GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.
That's how several voters on Chicago's far Northwest Side characterized the 20th House district race after casting ballots today.
"I think there's a real clear divide in the state between folks that support Rauner and, sadly, folks that support Madigan. I'm not a Madigan supporter, but I abhor what Rauner is doing, holding the state hostage" over his "turnaround agenda," said Frank Schulz, 58.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth made an Election Day push for votes Tuesday morning at the Rosemont Transit Center.
Duckworth, who is vying to unseat U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), greeted transit riders and encouraged them to vote today.
The Kirk v. Duckworth race could prove crucial in determining which party controls the U.S. Senate. The Cook Political Report rates the Illinois U.S. Senate race as leaning Democratic.
"We're confident but we're not taking anything for granted," Duckworth told reporters at the transit station. "We're still pushing hard, campaigning hard. We'll do it all the way through until the polls close. A lot of people have still not yet voted, and we need to make sure that we get people to the polls."
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