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Illinois Primary Recap

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Illinois’ 3rd: Incumbent pro-life Dem Rep. Dan Lipinski squeaked out a win, defeating Marie Newman by just two percentage points. He’s one of just three remaining pro-life Democrats in Congress. Republicans, unfortunately, nominated a Neo-Nazi.

IL-4: Cook County Commissioner and former mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia won the Democratic nomination to replace Luis Gutierrez.

IL-6: The Democratic nomination to take on Peter Roskam in this Romney-Clinton swing district is too close to call. As of Wednesday morning, with 88% of precincts in, Sean Casten is leading Kelly Mazeski by a few hundred votes. Clinton won this suburban district by 7 points, 50%-43%, while Romney won here by 8 points, 53%-45%. In 2008, Obama defeated McCain here by 4 points, 51%-47%. On the bright side, Roskam typically wins re-election by massive double-digit margins.

IL-12: St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly easily won the Democratic primary to face GOP Rep. Mike Bost. This race will likely be competitive. Kelly has outraised Bost, as Bost is one of only 45 Republican incumbents in the country who raised less money than their challengers in Q4 of 2017. It’s an Obama-Trump swing district in southwestern Illinois. Trump won here by 15 points, 55%-40%, while Obama won here in 2012 by just two points, 50%-48%.

IL-13:  Former Dick Durbin fundraiser Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (a relative to former U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen) won the Democratic nomination to take on GOP Rep. Rodney Davis in a district Trump won by just 6 points, 50%-44%, and Romney won by less than a point.

IL-14: Lauren Underwood, an African-American millennial nurse, won the Democratic nomination to face GOP Rep. Randy Hultgren in this slightly Republican suburban district. Trump won here by just 4 points, 49%-45%, while Romney won here by 10 points, 54%-44%.

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