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The Latest: GOP’s Davis wins in central Illinois House race

November 7, 2018
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FILE - This combination of March 20, 2018, file photos shows the candidates for Illinois governor in the November 2018 election from left, incumbent GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker. (AP Photo/File)

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the midterm election in Illinois (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

Republican Rep. Rodney Davis has won a fourth term representing a central Illinois congressional district.

Davis on Tuesday defeated Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, a first-time candidate from Springfield.

The seat was one of four in Illinois that Democrats targeted in their effort to win House control. The 14-county district includes swaths of rural areas as well as the University of Illinois and Illinois State University.

Davis, of Taylorville, credited GOP policies such as the tax system overhaul for recent economic growth. Vice President Mike Pence held a campaign fundraiser with him in October.

Londrigan criticized Davis for supporting legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying her son had a life-threatening illness as a child and without insurance coverage the family could’ve faced bankruptcy.

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11:20 p.m.

The chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party says voters “rejected the politics of negativity, personal destruction and blame” in Tuesday’s election.

House Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago says Democrats’ victories answered a “call for a new day in Illinois.”

Democrat J.B. Pritzker defeated incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. Rauner harshly criticized Madigan as corrupt as they locked horns repeatedly during a record-long budget stalemate that resulted in billions of dollars of overspending.

Democrats swept all six statewide offices and expected to retain control of both houses of the General Assembly.

Madigan is the longest-serving speaker of a state House in American history. He says Democratic victories Tuesday “were achieved not by trying to divide us, but by looking to what unites us.”

11:05 p.m.

Republican Rep. Mike Bost has defeated Democratic prosecutor Brendan Kelly to win a third term representing a southern Illinois district.

Bost, a former state legislator from Murphysboro, had help from President Donald Trump, who visited the district twice in recent months. Trump held an August rally at U.S. Steel in Granite City and a campaign event for Bost last month in Bost’s hometown.

The once-reliably Democratic district supported Trump by almost 15 points over Hillary Clinton in 2016. Democrats had considered it one of their top opportunities to flip a GOP-held seat.

Kelly, of Swansea, is the St. Clair County state’s attorney. He focused on improving infrastructure, support for organized labor and his record of fighting the opioid crisis — including suing drugmakers.

Green Party nominee Randy Auxier finished third.

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10:05 p.m.

Democrat Lauren Underwood has unseated four-term Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren, becoming the first minority and first woman to represent a Chicago-area district once held by GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

The Naperville nurse, who’s African-American, flipped the seat representing rural and suburban areas west and north of Chicago. It was among four GOP-held Illinois congressional seats Democrats were targeting in their effort to win House control.

Underwood said she decided to take on Hultgren after he supported health care legislation that would have made coverage of pre-existing conditions more expensive. She criticized him for not holding town halls and for casting the health care vote after pledging to protect pre-existing conditions.

Hultgren, a former state lawmaker from Plano, argued he had a record of delivering for the district.

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9:30 p.m.

Democrat Sean Casten has defeated six-term Republican Rep. Peter Roskam to flip a suburban Chicago district the GOP has held for more than four decades.

Democrats targeted the seat in Chicago’s west and northwest suburbs in an effort to win control of the House. It was Roskam’s toughest challenge since the Wheaton lawmaker was first elected to Congress in 2006.

Casten, a scientist and businessman from Downers Grove, argued Roskam was too conservative for a district that supported Hillary Clinton over President Donald Trump in 2016. He pointed to Roskam’s record of opposing abortion and his record of voting along with Trump.

Roskam insisted he’s a moderate who opposed Trump when necessary. He criticized Casten as wanting to raise taxes and for name-calling and “embracing the politics of ridicule.”

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8:40 p.m.

Republican Erika Harold has conceded to Democrat Kwame Raoul (KWAH’-may rah-OOL’) in their battle for Illinois attorney general.

Raoul had garnered about 61 percent of the vote when Harold conceded. She said she will be rooting for him to do an exceptional job as attorney general.

The Associated Press has not yet called the race.

Raoul touted his legal and policymaking experience. He was appointed to the General Assembly in 2004 to replace U.S. Senate-bound Barack Obama.

He outspent Harold and derided her lack of experience as a prosecutor. Harold was Miss America 2003 and used scholarship winnings to attend Harvard Law School.

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8:05 p.m.

Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has conceded to Democratic opponent J.B. Pritzker.

Rauner’s concession came less than an hour after polls closed Tuesday. Early vote totals had Pritzker with about 65 percent of the vote. Rauner shared the remaining percentage with two independent candidates.

In his concession speech, Rauner said it is time to put aside partisan differences. He added it was an honor to serve as governor.

The Associated Press has not yet called the race.

Pritzker, a billionaire, held a strong lead over Rauner in most polls leading up to the voting. He appears to have capitalized not only on Rauner’s lack of popularity but broader dissatisfaction with GOP President Donald Trump.

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8 p.m.

Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has conceded to Democratic opponent J.B. Pritzker.

Rauner’s concession came less than an hour after polls closed Tuesday. Early vote totals had Pritzker with about 65 percent of the vote. Rauner shared the remaining percentage with two independent candidates.

In his concession speech, Rauner said it is time to put aside partisan differences. He added it was an honor to serve as governor.

The Associated Press has not yet called the race.

Pritzker, a billionaire, held a strong lead over Rauner in most polls leading up to the voting. He appears to have capitalized not only on Rauner’s lack of popularity but broader dissatisfaction with GOP President Donald Trump.

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7:05 p.m.

With the exception of a few precincts reporting technical problems, the polls have closed in Illinois and the waiting on results has begun.

Turnout has been reported high across the state Tuesday as Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner vied for a second term against Democrat J.B. Pritzker. Also on the gubernatorial ballot was Libertarian Grayson “Kash” Jackson and Conservative Party candidate and GOP state Sen. Sam McCann.

Also getting a lot of attention were four congressional districts Democrats targeted that could help the party win House control. Democrats also look to increase their majorities in the Statehouse.

Enthusiasm during the campaign was high, as Democrats pushed back against President Donald Trump and his policies and Republicans tried to hold on to some power in the left-leaning state. Election officials said last week that mail and early voting numbers had surpassed the 2014 total.

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10:05 a.m.

Illinois’ yearslong budget stalemate and higher taxes are among the issues on voters’ minds as they made their pick for the state’s next governor.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is trying for a second term against Democrat J.B. Pritzker, Libertarian Grayson “Kash” Jackson and Conservative Party candidate and GOP state Sen. Sam McCann.

Dan Bitner of Springfield cast his early ballot on Monday for Pritzker. He says “After four years, Rauner hasn’t gotten much of anything done.” Bitner thinks Pritzker, a billionaire businessman, is the better choice to straighten out Illinois’ financial problems.

Chris Hansen of Elburn voted for Rauner because he fears Pritzker’s solutions will mean higher taxes. The 34-year-old parts manager at a Harley Davidson dealer says “I can’t afford any more taxes.”

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6:20 a.m.

Polls are now open in Illinois where Democrats are looking to return to dominance in Illinois.

They hope to win the governor’s office and all other statewide seats and flip up to four Republican-held congressional districts.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is trying for a second term against billionaire J.B. Pritzker, while Democratic state Sen. Kwame Raoul and GOP attorney Erika Harold are vying for an open attorney general seat.

The four congressional districts Democrats are targeting could help the party win House control. Democrats also look to increase their majorities in the Statehouse.

Enthusiasm has been high, as Democrats push back against President Donald Trump and his policies and Republicans try to hold on to some power in the left-leaning state. Election officials said last week that mail and early voting numbers had already surpassed the 2014 total.

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11:15 p.m.

Democrats are looking to return to dominance in Illinois, potentially winning the governor’s office and all other statewide seats and flipping up to four Republican-held congressional districts.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner will try for a second term against billionaire J.B. Pritzker, while Democratic state Sen. Kwame Raoul and GOP attorney Erika Harold are vying for an open attorney general seat.

The four congressional districts Democrats are targeting could help the party win House control. Democrats also look to increase their majorities in the Statehouse.

Enthusiasm has been high, as Democrats push back against President Donald Trump and his policies and Republicans try to hold on to some power in the left-leaning state. Election officials said last week that mail and early voting numbers had already surpassed the 2014 total.

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