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Election 2020

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Donald Trump
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President Donald Trump has long been a divisive figure in national politics. Now, he has become one within the Republican Party.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said he blames President Trump for the violence that desecrated the temple to democracy that is the U.S. Capitol.

During Wednesday's ebate over objections to the electoral college vote, the Illinois Democrat said Trump wanted the mob to disrupt the constitutional process.


A candidate for Normal Town Council participated in the events that became an insurrection and riot at the nation’s capital on Wednesday.

Downtown Bloomington
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McLean County is one of only 77 counties in the United States to flip the presidential party preference from four years ago. McLean County went for Joe Biden and last cycle it went for President Trump.

Jacob Beard and Val Laymon
McLean County/Val Laymon

UPDATED 5:10 P.M. | Mail-in and provisional ballots have flipped the results in a closely contested McLean County Board race.

Watterson Towers residence hall at ISU

The road to the presidency was not straightforward. And it has shaken some Illinois State University students, who have some of the same divisions and misinformed beliefs the rest of America has shown during voting.

Keith Moldovan holds a sign
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Nearly 100 people happy with the outcome of the presidential election attended a hastily-organized event Saturday in downtown Bloomington billed as, "You're Fired! A Community Farewell for 45."

Courtesy Connie Beard

Republicans logged a lot of wins in McLean County Tuesday night.

Congressman Rodney Davis cinched a closely-watched race. County-wide officeholders fended off Democratic challengers. The county board held a Republican majority, despite efforts for a potential Blue Wave.

Those who expected a blue wave in Tuesday's election had a grave disappointment. Those who hoped for a ratification of the Trump presidency and for Republican gains likewise ended up unsatisfied.

Rodney and Betsy
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

If you were surprised by size of U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis’ margin of victory over his two-time Democratic challenger, you aren’t alone. So was Davis. 

Joe Biden
John Minchillo / AP

Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in McLean County—the first time a Democrat has won here since Barack Obama in 2008.

Keith Sommer
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Veteran Republican Keith Sommer won his 12th term in the Illinois Statehouse, topping Democratic challenger Karla Bailey-Smith and Libertarian Ken Allison on Tuesday.

Jerry Nowicki / Capitol News Illinois

UPDATED 9:15 a.m. | McLean County voters didn't want to switch to a graduated income tax — and neither did voters statewide.

Republican U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood easily won a third term in the 18th Congressional District, defeating Democrat George Petrilli.

Republican McLean County Auditor Michelle Anderson was not hampered by a history of contention with county officeholders of her own party, or a medical leave that took her away from a portion of the campaign.

Anderson defeated Democrat Rob Fazzini and Libertarian Kevin Woodard on Tuesday to win her third full term.

Voters in the 105th House District have re-elected Dan Brady to an 11th term as state representative.

A battle between two nurses for the office that investigates deaths in McLean County ended in a win for incumbent Republican Kathy Yoder.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis has won re-election in his rematch against Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan. The Associated Press called the race around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Dick Durbin
J. Scott Applewhite / AP

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

View live results for the 2020 U.S. presidential election, from NPR and The Associated Press.

People standing in line at polling site
Eric Stock / WGLT

Illinois State University students said in-person voting on Election Day has been relatively quick and easy so far.

The McLean County Clerk's office added a second polling site for ISU at Watterson Towers this year to reduce long wait times that voters have encountered during previous presidential and midterm elections.

Voter checks in
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Follow the WGLT Newsroom all day and night as we bring you updates on the election. Polls closed at 7 p.m.

Nov. 3 is the final voting day of the 2020 election. The presidency as well as several key Senate, House and gubernatorial races are on the line. Follow NPR’s live coverage and results as they come in.


View live results for Illinois' 2020 presidential, governor, Senate and House races.


Many young people are casting their first-ever ballots this November in what's shaping up to potentially be one of the highest-turnout elections in recent memory.

Sign outside polling place
Jacob DeGeal

McLean County and City of Bloomington election officials said Monday they have received more than 42,457 ballots through early voting and vote by mail. That is about 37.7% of the roughly 112,600 registered voters in the county, even before polls open Tuesday morning. Just 10 days ago, the votes cast figure was closer to 20%.

Pallets stacked in front of store entrance
Eric Stock / WGLT

Police in Bloomington-Normal say they don't expect any trouble on election night, but during this time of high tension, they also say they aren't taking any chances.

People standing six fee apart in line streaming down wing of Eastland Mall
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

The parking lot outside the northwest entrance to Eastland Mall was so busy Friday that it resembled a classic Black Friday crowd. But instead of shoppers, they were voters.

RJ, Charlie, and Derek
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McLean County Board District 3 takes in the western part of the county and portions of west and south Bloomington. Participating in a WGLT forum were Democrat RJ McCracken and Libertarian Derek Evans.

John McIntyre and Nikita Richards
WGLT file photos

McLean County Democrats have their sights set on something that once seemed unimaginable -- gaining majority power on the county board.