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Illinois GOPers stick with incumbents in Senate and Congressional races



Congressman Peter Roskam addresses Northwest Suburban Republicans last Friday night

SPRINGFIELD – In a year of insurgency and rejection of the status quo, Illinois Republicans chose to stick with incumbents in U.S. Senate and Congressional races. 

Incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Kirk easily won over GOP conservative challenger James Marter Tuesday, leaving Kirk to oppose Democrat U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) in November.

And despite vigorous GOP primary challenges, Congress members Peter Roskam (IL-06), Rodney Davis (IL-13) and John Shimkus (IL-15) easily won their party's nomination for the General Election.

Other U.S. House members in the Illinois GOP caucus – Mike Bost, Adam Kinzinger, Randy Hultgren and Darin LaHood – were not challenged in the primary.

In the 11th CD GOP race to challenge Democrat Bill Foster, DuPage County's Tonia Khouri eked out cardiologist Nick Stella by 400 votes, with Herman White in a close third.


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