socastcmsRssStartBy Greg Bishop | Illinois News NetworksocastcmsRssEnd
It was a mixed showing for Illinois Republican members of the U.S. House.
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, fell to Democratic challenger Sean Casten. U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, beat two challengers in Illinois’ 12 Congressional District.
Two races went down to the wire. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, had a slim lead over Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan in the 13th Congressional District. ABC News had Davis 5,000 votes ahead of Londrigan at just before midnight. The AP had Davis about 500 votes ahead of Londrigan. In Illinois’ 14th Congressional District Democratic challenger Lauren Underwood was in a deadheat with incumbent U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano. ABC had Underwood over Hultgren by about 5,000 votes. The AP had Underwood 10,000 ahead of Hultgren.
Mark Glennon, the founder of the financial-analysis website Wirepoints, said Republicans in Congress have been sloppy.
“A little kick in the butt for them is probably appropriate,” Glennon said. “It will put a little spry into Trump as well and it will set things up for a really strong election two years from now when I think we’ll have the full evidence in on what direction Trump really wants to take the country in and we’ll really have a verdict at that time.”
Overall across the country, Democrats were projected to take the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate remained in Republican hands.