Illinois Congressional Races: Newman Defeats Lipinski; Oberweis, Ives Declare Victory

Republican candidates for Senate, from left: Mark Curran, Tom Tarter, Casey Chlebek, Peggy Hubbard and Robert Marshall appear on a “Chicago Tonight” candidate forum. (WTTW News)Republican candidates for Senate, from left: Mark Curran, Tom Tarter, Casey Chlebek, Peggy Hubbard and Robert Marshall appear on a “Chicago Tonight” candidate forum. (WTTW News)

Challenger Marie Newman has defeated long-serving U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski. The Republican challengers for first-term Democrats Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten are set. Long-serving incumbents Bobby Rush and Danny Davis easily survived challenges.

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Here’s how Tuesday’s results could affect Illinois’ congressional delegation:

U.S. Senate

Update: With a majority of the results in, Curran appears to have beaten the four other challengers.

Democratic ticket: Incumbent Sen. Dick Durbin is running for a fifth term and faces no opposition in the primary. 

Republican ticket: Five Republicans are running to challenge Durbin in November: former Lake County sheriff Mark Curran, retired cancer surgeon Tom Tarter, real estate manager and former IT professional Casey Chlebek, former IRS analyst and law enforcement officer Peggy Hubbard, and physician Robert Marshall


1st District

Update: With about nearly precincts reporting, incumbent U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush appears headed for an easy victory.

Democratic ticket: Rush, the longest-serving member of Illinois’s congressional delegation, faces three Democratic primary opponents: anti-violence activist Ameena Nuur Matthews, who was featured in the documentary “The Interrupters”; law student Sarah Gad, who is sharing her story of addiction recovery and a stint in Cook County Jail; and Robert Emmons, a 27-year-old nonprofit professional who’s worked for the Obama Foundation. 

Republican ticket: The Democratic primary winner will face the sole Republican candidate, Philanise White.


2nd District

Update: With almost all precincts reporting in, incumbent U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly appears likely to cruise to an easy victory.

Democratic ticket: Kelly has held her seat since winning a 2013 special election to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. She faces one primary opponent, former postal worker Marcus Lewis.

Republican ticket: The Democratic primary winner will face Republican candidate Theresa Raborn.


3rd District

Update: The Associated Press has called the race for progressive challenger Marie Newman over incumbent U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski. Newman thanked supporters for pushing her to victory, while Lipinski’s campaign canceled a scheduled media availability and says the race is too close to call. Meanwhile, Fricilone appears headed to victory.

Democratic ticket: Lipinski took office in 2005, succeeding his father Bill Lipinski, who held the seat beginning in 1983. Lipinski has touted his bipartisan record of accomplishments, but in recent years he’s been under fire from his ideological left. In 2018, business owner Marie Newman ran on a progressive platform and came close to defeating Lipinski in the Democratic primary. Newman is running again this year, as are: Rush Darwish, a media production company owner who’s also running as a progressive; and Charles Hughes, an operation mechanic with Nicor Gas and a former precinct captain for U.S. Rep. Bill Lipinski.

Republican ticket: The Illinois Republican Party hopes to avoid the embarrassment of Holocaust denier Arthur Jones again winning the GOP primary. Jones ran unopposed in 2018. The state party has backed Will County Board minority leader Mike Fricilone. Realtor Catherine O’Shea is also running. 


4th District

Democratic ticket: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is running unopposed. 

Republican ticket: Christopher Lasky is running unopposed.


5th District

Update: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley appears headed for an easy win on the Democratic side. With about 40% of precincts in, Hanson holds a commanding lead in the GOP race.

Democratic ticket: Quigley has served in Congress since winning a 2009 special election to replace Rahm Emanuel. He’s facing a challenge in the Democratic primary from attorney Brian Burns

Republican ticket: Former candidate Tommy Hanson is again running. He faces physician Kimball Ladien


6th District

Update: With about a majority of precincts have reporting in, Ives appears headed for an easy victory. The Ives campaign has declared her the winning candidate and called for bipartisan unity during the current pandemic.

Democratic ticket: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Sean Casten is unopposed in the primary. 

Republican ticket: Conservative former state Rep. Jeanne Ives (who narrowly lost to former Gov. Bruce Rauner in the 2018 GOP gubernatorial primary) faces surgeon Gordon (Jay) Kinzler


7th District

Update: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Danny Davis looks to be headed for a win.

Democratic ticket: Davis has served as the district’s congressman since 1997 after stints as a Chicago alderman and Cook County commissioner. He’s challenged in the Democratic primary by health care and anti-violence advocate Kina Collins, teacher Anthony Clark, and attorney Kristine Schanbacher

Republican ticket: Craig Cameron is the sole Republican candidate running.


8th District

Update: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi holds a massive lead over his opponents.

Democratic ticket: Krishnamoorthi is seeking a second term representing the district. He succeeded now-Sen. Tammy Duckworth. Krishnamoorthi faces a primary challenge from author and publisher William Olson and anesthesiologist Inam Hussain.


9th District

Democratic ticket: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky is unopposed in the primary.

Republican ticket: Sargis Sangari, CEO of the Near East Center for Strategic Engagement Political, is the sole Republican candidate.


10th District

Democratic ticket: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider faces no opposition. 

Republican ticket: Businesswoman Valerie Ramirez Mukherjee is the only candidate in the Republican primary.


11th District

Update: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Bill Foster appears headed for a comfortable win, while Laib looks to have defeated Bansal.

Democratic ticket: Foster has represented the 11th District in Congress since 2013. Rachel Ventura, who works in publishing, is challenging Foster in the Democratic primary. 

Republican ticket: Rick Laib, who works as a sergeant in the Will County Sherriff’s Office, and business owner Krishna Bansal are running in the Republican primary.


14th District

Update: Oberweis will face incumbent U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood this fall after Rezin reportely conceded the primary race.

Democratic ticket: Underwood is seeking a second term and is unopposed in the Democratic primary. 

Republican ticket: Seven Republican candidates are vying to face Underwood in November: former State Sen. Sue Rezin; Catalina Lauf, who works in new business development for the company Body Wear Gear; businessman Jerry Evans; state Sen. Jim Oberweis, a business owner and former primary candidate for Senate and Governor; IT consultant Jim Marter; small business owner Ted Gradel; and Republican precinct committeeman Anthony Catella


16th District

Democratic ticket: Dani Brzozowski is the sole Democrat running.

Republican ticket: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger is unopposed in the primary. 


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