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Democrats dominate Illinois Congress races with new map

Despite heavy politicking by each events as Chicago-area races tightened up within the dwelling stretch, Illinois Democrats cleared the bar for achievement in Tuesday’s congressional elections that they set for themselves after they redesigned the district maps.

Democrats will ship 14 Illinois representatives to the U.S. House in January, matching the 14 Democratic-majority seats throughout the state underneath the new boundaries.

Democratic candidates have been victorious in 4 much-watched northern Illinois races Republicans had designs on profitable amid GOP efforts to retake the House, in keeping with unofficial outcomes.

In the far west suburban 14th District, the place President Joe Biden made an look to attempt to assist increase U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood’s prospects within the closing days, she prevailed over Republican Scott Gryder in a redrawn district that Gryder thought gave him an excellent probability to win.

The Associated Press known as it for Underwood, who had 53.7% of the vote to 46.3% for Gryder, in keeping with unofficial outcomes. He conceded in an announcement Wednesday, saying that his supporters “have come up short, but this is only the first battle. Our next task is to ensure that Lauren Underwood hears the voice of our district and represents it well.”

Underwood declared victory Tuesday evening at her election social gathering at Warehouse 109 in Plainfield. She mentioned she wished to bask within the win that gave her a 3rd time period, however knew there was laborious work forward.

“We are going to need every bit of energy we put into this campaign for the rest of this journey,” Underwood mentioned. “Because progress in this country is not inevitable.”

On Tuesday evening, Gryder famous, “We know we left it all out there.”

“It looks like if anything the race might have been a green wave rather than a red wave with all the money they spent,” Gryder mentioned.

Unofficial outcomes confirmed Underwood main in Kendall County, the place Gryder serves as board chairman. Gryder attributed this to folks transferring to the world from Cook County for extra space, much less crime and decrease taxes however sustaining the identical voting habits.

“They came out here to get away from it, and then they vote the same way, and they’re going to have the same outcome at the end of the day,” he mentioned.

And within the northwest of the state, close to the Iowa border, Democrat Eric Sorensen, a former TV meteorologist, triumphed over Esther Joy King for an open seat seventeenth District race that was seen by nationwide observers as winnable for the GOP.

That was the final Illinois Congressional race known as by the AP, on Thursday. . Sorensen had 51.7% of the vote within the district, which incorporates the cities of Rock Island and Moline and most of Rockford. King had 48.3%, in keeping with unofficial outcomes.

Sorensen declared victory in an announcement, and mentioned King had known as him to concede.

“I’ve worked to serve the people of Central & NW Illinois for 22 years, earning their trust by telling them the truth and helping them make the right decisions for their lives,” Sorensen’s assertion reads partially. “In Congress, I will bring that same honesty to representing them and commitment to fighting for lower costs, reproductive rights, and good-paying, sustainable jobs right here at home.”

In a Facebook put up, King mentioned she was honored to run for the seat, however “Unfortunately, this is not the outcome we wanted.”

U.S. Rep. Sean Casten held off Republican Keith Pekau, the mayor of Orland Park, days after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy got here to city to marketing campaign for Pekau within the sixth District contest within the southwest and west suburbs.

Casten declared victory late Tuesday and the AP known as the race for him. Casten had 53.7% of the vote, and Pekau had 46.3%, in keeping with unofficial outcomes.

Casten, who lives in Downers Grove, acquired 58% of the vote within the DuPage County portion of the district. And he was forward by about 200 votes in suburban Cook County with 93% of precincts there reporting, in keeping with unofficial outcomes.

Pekau, in the meantime, was forward 51% to 49% within the small a part of the district within the Southwest Side Chicago neighborhoods of Garfield Ridge, Beverly and Mount Greenwood. Those areas have historically had among the many metropolis’s strongest Democratic ward organizations, but additionally are dwelling to extra Republican voters than Chicago as an entire.

And a new downstate district designed to favor Democrats appeared to tip their approach as properly. The AP known as the thirteenth District race for Democrat Nikki Budzinski of Springfield, who was out in entrance of Republican Regan Deering of Decatur 54.7% to 45.3%, in keeping with unofficial outcomes.

Three incumbent Republicans have been properly forward in congressional races the place the boundaries have been designed to favor them, and the AP known as all of them: U.S. Rep. Mike Bost over Homer Markel within the downstate twelfth District; U.S. Rep. Mary Miller over Paul Lange within the downstate fifteenth District; and U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood over Elizabeth Haderlein within the sixteenth District, which stretches from the far northwest nook of the state to south of Bloomington.

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