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Election 2018

Meet the candidates and dig into the issues that voters will face during the November 2018 general election.

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A year ago, Erik Rankin took over as Chair of the McLean County Democratic Party. In that time, Democrats have added County Board seats, elected city council members that have party values and built party infrastructure. 

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Only five months after she lost an election for the U.S. House, Springfield Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan announced Thursday she is running for Congress again in the 13th District.

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After every election, the focus is on the winners, their thoughts about the campaign and goals for the office. But every election also has candidates who lose, despite fighting just as hard as those who won.

A day after defeating incumbent Bruce Rauner, Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker is beginning his transition into government.

McLean County Democratic Watch Party
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Even though Democrats have taken back control of the U.S. House, a political scientist at Illinois State University says there were several key storylines that didn't pan out on Election Day.

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It was said to be another Year of the Woman. Following Tuesday’s midterm election, that prediction came true as more women were elected to public office across the U.S. than ever before.

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UPDATED 4:05 p.m. | Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan conceded Wednesday in her closely watched race against U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis after it became clear his 2,700-vote lead would hold.

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McLean County didn’t see a blue wave or a red wave on Election Day.

Democrats dominated in Illinois Tuesday night — easily taking all statewide races on the ballot.  

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Republican Rep. Rodney Davis has won a fourth term representing the 13th Congressional District. But this time, he'll be in the minority party in the House.

Steve Suess
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More McLean County voters turned out Tuesday than during the last midterm election, though the pace failed to reach the high-water mark of a presidential election year.

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Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner conceded Tuesday to Democratic opponent J.B. Pritzker.

Dan Brady and Ben Webb
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Republican state Reps. Dan Brady and Keith Sommer successfully fought off Democratic challengers Tuesday, even as Illinois Republicans lost the race for governor and attorney general.

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Republican incumbent Kathy Michael will retain her seat as McLean County clerk after a bitter re-election fight that was fueled by misconduct allegations lodged against both candidates.

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Bloomington voters want to keep their own election commission.

The ballot question on whether to dissolve the Bloomington Election Commission failed to pass Tuesday, according to preliminary vote totals. Only 44 percent of voters voted “yes” on the ballot question.

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Democratic challengers knocked off three incumbent Republicans on the McLean County Board on Tuesday, increasing the diversity of an elected body long dominated by white men.

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This is the moment we've been waiting for: The polls have closed on Election Day 2018.

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The latest election results in several key Illinois races, including governor, U.S. House, and the General Assembly. These results come from NPR and The Associated Press.

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Track the balance of power between the major parties in Congress as results come in for House and Senate races. These results come from NPR and The Associated Press.


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UPDATED 5:30 p.m. | Strong turnout was reported around McLean County on Tuesday, including a long line at Illinois State University that prompted allegations of voter suppression from College Democrats.

NPR Elections Live

Follow live coverage of the 2018 midterm elections, including national results and analysis from NPR. Get caught up on the latest news.

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Illinois Republicans say House Speaker Mike Madigan's last-minute campaign donation to Kwame Raoul is a sign Democrats fear Raoul could lose in the state attorney general's race.

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Calling the 2016 election a “wake-up call,” a national leader in cybersecurity says that the federal government is working closely with states like Illinois to protect voting systems from digital interference.

McLean County Board candidates at the forum
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The head of the McLean County Democratic Party says the party's get-out-the-vote effort in the days leading up to Tuesday's election is the largest it's ever been.

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McLean County has already seen twice the number of early voters for Tuesday’s election than during the last midterm election—with the busiest final days still coming up this weekend.

Illinois State University social media expert Nate Carpenter joins GLT's Sound Ideas to talk about what people are saying on Twitter about the 13th Congressional District race.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin was in Springfield today (WED), casting his ballot in the 2018 Election. He says he's encouraged by early voting tallies in Illinois so far, and that immigration is now among the chief issues thanks to President Trump.

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If it feels like campaigning for the Nov. 6 midterm election has been going on for a long time, that’s because it has.

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Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan debated Monday for the last time before Election Day, accusing one another of lying about who’s funding their campaigns, whether pre-existing conditions will be covered, and who really benefits from the tax cuts.

Days before the election, a leading motorcycle group is rescinding its endorsement of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.