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WGLT's reporting on the November 2020 election cycle.

Sen. Durbin Wins 5th Term Over Lesser-Known Challengers

Dick Durbin
J. Scott Applewhite
Sen. Dick Durbin, who won a fifth term on Tuesday, is the second-highest ranking Democrat. He was first elected in 1996 and has been Democratic whip since 2005.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin cruised to re-election Tuesday, handily winning over four lesser-known challengers.

The Associated Press called the race in his favor soon after polls closed at 7 p.m.

As expected, Durbin defeated Republican Mark Curran, Willie Wilson, Green Party nominee David Black, and Libertarian Danny Malouf.

As of 11:30 p.m., Durbin had won 52% of the vote vs. 41% for Curran, who came in a distant second.  

Durbin, 75, is Illinois’ senior senator. The Democrat from Springfield was first elected to the Senate in 1996. He is the Democratic whip, the No. 2 position among Senate Democrats.

Durbin last won re-election in 2014 with 53.5% of the vote, defeating Republican businessman Jim Oberweis.

Ryan Denham is the digital content director for WGLT.
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