Trump-backed candidates win Illinois primary

TROY, Illinois — The Illinois primary proved a clear endorsement of candidates backed by former President Donald Trump. It capped a day of confusion and surprises.

Confusion reigned in the redrawn congressional districts bordering St. Louis. Perhaps nowhere more so than in Troy, Illinois. Voters often ended up in the wrong polling station, which was understandable.

Troy’s current congressman is Republican Mike Bost. Although he is running for re-election, he was not on the ballot in Troy. Voters there instead chose between Republican Congresswoman Rodney Davis and Republican Congresswoman Mary Miller.

Both are incumbents (Davis 5 terms, Miller 1 term). State Democrats have redrawn district maps in hopes of eliminating a Republican seat in Congress. Troy is in the new 15th district. Miller of Oakland, IL, ran for re-election in the district, although she no longer resides there under the new map.

Davis of Taylorville is currently the 13th District Congressman. He lives in the new 15 now. He ran against Miller. She led by 13% (more than 16,000 votes), with 99% counted late Tuesday night. Davis conceded the early evening race. Both sought the support of former President Trump. Miller got it. Mr. Trump campaigned for her and Republican nominee for governor, State Senator Darren Bailey, at an event outside of Quincy over the weekend.

“These are people like President Trump,” Miller said in her election-day interview with Fox 2. “They love America. They value the America First agenda. You want safe borders. They want our gas and our energy to go full throttle. They want parents to be able to stand up for their children.”

Miller meets long-shot Democrat Paul Lange, who ran unopposed.

Bailey won by an even bigger margin than Miller: a surprise landslide that led a field of five candidates with a whopping 57% of the vote and a margin of more than 310,000 votes late Tuesday night.

During his speech at the Victory Party in Effingham, Bailey said, “I can promise you I’ll be working circles around Pritzker. With your help we will win again in November!”

Pritzker told a crowd at his victory party in Chicago, “A few days ago Donald Trump came to our state. He did what he does best: spit bile on the ground and hope it takes root in our state. Standing proud at his side was Republican nominee for Illinois governor Darren Bailey.”

The GOP races for the new 13th Convention, now encompassing Belleville, East St. Louis, Alton, Edwardsville and passing through Springfield and Champaign, remained too close to call late Tuesday night. Regan Deering led Jesse Reising by about 600 votes, with 94% being counted. Democrat Nikki Budzinski won easily with 77% of the vote.

In the US Senate GOP race late Tuesday night, Kathy Salvi was leading by a 5% lead over Peggy Hubbard (nearly 40,000 votes) by 97%. If she perseveres, she will face incumbent Democrat Tammy Duckworth. Trump-backed candidates win Illinois primary

Nate Jones

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