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Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Had A Very, Very Bad Night

Wed, 2014-11-05 00:53
WASHINGTON -- Republicans had been predicted to take control of the Senate Tuesday evening, but Democrats hoped to do better in gubernatorial races. They were more than disappointed, as even candidates who had been expected to easily win in Democratic-leaning states were defeated.

In deep-blue Maryland, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown conceded to Republican Larry Hogan. In Massachusetts, Attorney General Martha Coakley suffered a crushing loss. And in Maine, deeply unpopular Republican Gov. Paul LePage beat back a challenge from Democratic Rep. Michael Michaud. In all three of those states, Democratic winners would have achieved milestones: Brown could have been Maryland's first black governor, Coakley could have become Massachusetts' first woman governor, and Michaud could have become the nation's first openly gay man elected governor.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, didn't even get the requisite 50 percent of the vote needed to win outright in his state. The Vermont legislature will decide the winner.

In five states where Democrats thought they could topple a Republican incumbent, there were no upsets. Wisconsin's Scott Walker, Michigan's Rick Snyder, Florida's Rick Scott, Kansas' Sam Brownback and Georgia's Nathan Deal all prevailed.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat who was recognized as being in danger, apparently did get the boot from voters, who picked Republican Bruce Rauner, a venture capitalist and self-proclaimed member of the ".01 percent." Quinn hadn't yet conceded as of early Wednesday morning.

The bright spots for Democrats were few and far between. Rhode Island Treasurer Gina Raimondo became the state's first female governor. Pennsylvania's unpopular Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, as expected, was defeated by Democratic businessman Tom Wolf. Democrat David Ige won in Hawaii. And three Democratic governors -- Minnesota's Mark Dayton, New Hampshire's Maggie Hassan and Oregon's John Kitzhaber -- all held on by narrow margins.

Connecticut's race between Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) and GOP businessman Tom Foley was exceedingly close, and Colorado's race between Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and Republican Bob Beauprez hadn't been called early Wednesday.

One of the only Democratic gubernatorial candidates who will sleep easily was California Gov. Jerry Brown, who was safely elected to a record fourth term.

Aaron Schock Defeats Darrel Miller In Illinois House Race

Tue, 2014-11-04 23:42
Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) defeated Democratic challenger Darrel Miller and was re-elected to Congress in Illinois' 18th congressional district on Tuesday.

Schock, who was elected to Congress in 2008, was widely expected to defeat Miller, a farmer.

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Bobby Schilling Defeated In Illinois House Race

Tue, 2014-11-04 23:41
Republican Bobby Schilling lost to Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) in Illinois' 17th congressional district on Tuesday.

The race was a rematch from two years ago, when Schilling narrowly lost his seat to Bustos after serving in Congress for two years. During the campaign, Schilling called out Bustos for failing to keep a promise she made to the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board to cut her pay by 10 percent. Bustos defended not cutting her pay by saying that she only made the promise to the Tribune, but not to voters on the campaign trail.

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Cheri Bustos Defeats Bobby Schilling In Illinois

Tue, 2014-11-04 23:40
Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) defeated Republican Bobby Schilling in Illinois' 17th congressional district on Tuesday.

The race was a rematch from two years ago, when Schilling narrowly lost his seat to Bustos after serving in Congress for two years. During the campaign, Schilling called out Bustos for failing to keep a promise she made to the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board to cut her pay by 10 percent. Bustos defended not cutting her pay by saying that she only made the promise to the Tribune, but not to voters on the campaign trail.

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Adam Kinzinger Defeats Randall Olsen In Illinois House Race

Tue, 2014-11-04 23:39
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) defeated Democratic challenger Randall Olsen and was re-elected to Congress in Illinois' 16th congressional on Tuesday.

Kinzinger, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, was first elected to Congress in 2010. He was widely expected to easily defeat Olsen, who served two decades in the Air Force as an X-ray tech and nuclear medicine tech.

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John Shimkus Defeats Eric Thorsland In Illinois House Race

Tue, 2014-11-04 23:38
Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) defeated Democrat Eric Thorsland and was re-elected to Congress in Illinois' 15th congressional district on Tuesday.

Shimkus was first elected to Congress in 1996 and Thorsland is a senior research technician in the Physics department at the University of Illinois.

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Randy Hultgren Defeats Dennis Anderson In Illinois House Race

Tue, 2014-11-04 23:37
Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.) defeated Democratic challenger Dennis Anderson and was re-elected to Congress in Illinois' 14th congressional district on Tuesday.

Hultgren, who was first elected in 2010, also defeated Anderson in 2012.

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Ann Callis Defeated In Illinois House Race

Tue, 2014-11-04 23:36
Democrat Ann Callis lost to Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) in Illinois' 13th congressional district on Tuesday.

The race was one of the most competitive in the state. Davis narrowly won his seat in 2012, and was seen as a vulnerable incumbent after the boundaries of the district were redrawn to include more Democratic voters.

The race was also filled with attack ads, as Callis -- the former chief judge of Illinois' Third Judicial Circut -- accused Davis in an ad of spending $40,000 at steakhouses to wine and dine Washington, D.C. elites. Davis, in turn, accused her of being a resident of Missouri and failing to pay property taxes on time.

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Rodney Davis Defeats Ann Callis In Illinois

Tue, 2014-11-04 23:35
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) defeated Democratic challenger Ann Callis in Illinois' 13th congressional district on Tuesday.

The race was one of the most competitive in the state. Davis narrowly won his seat in 2012, and was seen as a vulnerable incumbent after the boundaries of the district were redrawn to include more Democratic voters.

The race was also filled with attack ads, as Callis -- the former chief judge of Illinois' Third Judicial Circut -- accused Davis in an ad of spending $40,000 at steakhouses to wine and dine Washington, D.C. elites. Davis, in turn, accused her of being a resident of Missouri and failing to pay property taxes on time.

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Mike Bost Defeats Bill Enjyard In Illinois House Race

Tue, 2014-11-04 23:34
Republican Mike Bost defeated Rep. Bill Enyart (D-Ill.) in Illinois' 12th congressional district on Tuesday.

The race drew the attention of both national Democrats and Republicans and was one of the most competitive in the state. Bost, a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, was on the NRCC's "On the Radar" program, which gave him resources to run a competitive campaign. Enyart was a member of the DCCC's Frontline program, which helps vulnerable Democrats defend their seats.

Bost gained attention when video of him throwing a tantrum on the floor of the Illinois House spread online. Democrats used footage of Bost's meltdown in campaign ads against him, a move that Bost said only helped his electoral chances.

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Bill Enyart Defeated In Illinois House Race

Tue, 2014-11-04 23:33
Rep. Bill Enyart (D-Ill) lost to state Rep. Mike Bost (R) in Illinois' 12th congressional district on Tuesday.

The race drew the attention of both the DCCC and the NRCC and was one of the most competitive in the state. Enyart was a member of the DCCC's Frontline program, which helps vulnerable Democrats defend their seats. Bost was a member of the RNCC's "On the Radar" program, which gave him resources to run a competitive campaign.

Enyart earned the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune editorial board, which praised his efforts to adopt a universal camouflage uniform for the military, which they said would save the federal government tens of millions of dollars.

Bost gained attention when video of him throwing a tantrum on the floor of the Illinois House spread online. Democrats used footage of Bost's meltdown in campaign ads against him, a move that Bost said only helped his electoral chances.

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Darlene Senger Defeated In Illinois House Race

Tue, 2014-11-04 23:32
Republican Darlene Senger lost to Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.) in Illinois' 11th congressional district on Tuesday.

Senger, a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, was placed on the NRCC's "On The Radar" program, which provided her campaign with resources to run a competitive campaign. Foster previously represented Illinois' 14th congressional district, but lost his seat in 2010. He was elected to represent the 11th congressional district in 2012.

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Bill Foster Defeats Darlene Senger In Illinois House Race

Tue, 2014-11-04 23:31
Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.) was re-elected to Congress on Tuesday.

Foster defeated Republican challenger Darlene Senger, a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, to hold on to his seat. Foster previously represented Illinois' 14th congressional district, but lost his seat in 2010. He was elected to represent the 11th congressional district in 2012.

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Bob Dold Defeats Brad Schneider In Illinois House Race

Tue, 2014-11-04 23:29
Former Rep. Bob Dold (R) defeated Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) in Illinois' 10th congressional district on Tuesday.

Dold represented the 10th district from 2011 to 2013, but was unseated by Schneider after the boundaries in the district were redrawn. The race was one of the most competitive in the state, and Schneider was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline program, designed to protect vulnerable incumbent Democrats.

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Brad Schneider Defeated In Illinois House Race

Tue, 2014-11-04 23:28
Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) lost to his Republican opponent, former congressman Robert Dold in Illinois' 10th congressional district on Tuesday.

Dold represented the 10th district from 2011 to 2013, but was unseated by Schneider after the boundaries in the district were redrawn. The race was one of the most competitive in the state, and Schneider was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline program, designed to protect vulnerable incumbent Democrats.

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Jan Schakowsky Defeats Susanne Atanus In Illinois House Race

Tue, 2014-11-04 23:19
Rep. Jan Schakowsky was re-elected to Congress in Illinois' 9th congressional district on Tuesday.

Schakowsky , who was first elected to Congress in 1998, defeated Republican challenger Susanne Atanus in the election. Earlier this year, Atanus told a local paper that she believes God controls the weather and blamed natural disasters on advances in LGBT rights and legal abortions.

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Jim Oberweis Loses Illinois Senate Race

Tue, 2014-11-04 19:55
Illinois state Sen. Jim Oberweis (R) was defeated by incumbent Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in the race to represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

Oberweis defeated Doug Truax in the state's March primary election. His term in the state Senate ends in January of 2017.

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Dick Durbin Re-Elected To Congress

Tue, 2014-11-04 19:50
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has been re-elected to represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate.

Durbin ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, and defeated Republican candidate Jim Oberweis. Durbin, who joined the Senate in 1996, currently serves as the Senate majority whip.

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Dick Durbin Re-Elected To The Senate Over Republican Jim Oberweis

Tue, 2014-11-04 19:46
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) defeated Republican challenger Jim Oberweis in what was a generally one-sided contest Tuesday evening.

ABC, NBC, and CBS projected Durbin's victory Tuesday based on exit polls. Libertarian innkeeper Sharon Hansen came in last.

Ahead of the election, Oberweis struggled to gain ground on Durbin, who served in the House beginning in 1983, was first elected to the Senate in 1996 and has served as the Senate Democratic Whip since 2005. Durbin led Oberweis in all 15 major polls conducted in the race, with a lead ranging from six percentage points to a whopping 23 percentage points.

Oberweis, a dairy magnate and Illinois state senator who previously ran for U.S. Senate in both 2002 and 2004, had hoped to capitalize on Congress' historically low approval rating in his challenge of the popular Democrat, arguing that the three-term senator is a "career politician" who had spent too much time in Washington, D.C., already.

On the issues, Durbin, a liberal Democrat, and Oberweis, a conservative Republican, offered two distinct options for Illinois voters. The two disagreed sharply on health care reform, immigration, climate change, gun control, abortion rights and marriage equality. Durbin also made it a point to associate Oberweis with the tea party in attack ads.

The two candidates did find one unexpected point to agree on: both agreed the Illinois medical marijuana pilot program, which went into effect this year, was a good idea for the state.

Durbin raised more than $9 million toward his reelection campaign while Oberweis was only able to collect less than $1 million, kicking in an additional $1 million of his own money.

Oberweis previously ran unsuccessfully for Illinois governor in 2006 and for the House in the state's 14th congressional district in 2008.

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Bethany McKee Sentenced For Role In Double Murders

Tue, 2014-11-04 18:32
A 22-year-old woman will be spending life in prison for her role in a double murder, an Illinois judge ruled Tuesday.

Bethany McKee, 20, was sentenced sentenced for the 2013 murders of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, according to ABC7Chicago.com.

The two men, both 22, were found strangled to death with plastic bags over their heads inside a Joliet home.

McKee was convicted in August of first-degree murder and her defense attorney's motion for a new trial was denied on Monday.

During her sentencing, McKee begged for forgiveness from the parents of her victims.

“I’m so sorry…if there was any way I could go back and return your loved ones…I would,” McKee said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “If I had known this would have happened, I’d have made a better choice.”

McKee wasn't involved in the violence but prosecutors argued she lured the victims to a friend’s house where two accomplices, Joshua Minor and Adam Landerman, strangled and robbed them of $120 to buy booze and cigarettes.

Prosecutors held her responsible for helping plan the crime.

In August, Judge Gerald Kinney said the facts of the case revealed a “stunning lack of respect for human life.”

Besides McKee, Minor was also convicted of murder while Alisa Massaro pleaded guilty to lesser charges of robbery and concealing a homicide in exchange for a 10-year sentence and testimony against her friends. Landerman awaits trial, WGNTV.com reports.

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