US Senator Duckworth defeats a Chicago attorney to win second term

CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth won re-election Tuesday in Illinois, defeating political newcomer and attorney Kathy Salvi.

Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran who lost both legs when her helicopter was shot down in 2004, has served in Congress for nearly a decade. Between 2013 and 2017, she represented Illinois’ 8th congressional district, northwest of Chicago.

The 54-year-old was elected to the US Senate in 2017, defeating incumbent Republican Mark Kirk and, in April 2018, became the first senator to give birth to a child while in office.

Salvi, a Chicago-area personal injury attorney, defeated six competitors to win the Republican primary in June. The 63-year-old campaigned as an alternative for voters who are looking for a change from rising prices and high crime.

Salvi told Fox32 in July that she was in favor of stopping aid to Ukraine in the war against Russia, but backed down last month and said the US needs to investigate how the money was spent before sending more money .

In a joint interview sponsored by Illinois AP Media Editors Oct. 3, Duckworth and Salvi clashed over abortion. The US Supreme Court ruled in June that abortion is not a constitutional right.

“She wants to snatch freedom from women,” first-term incumbent Duckworth said of her opponent.

Salvi called Duckworth’s position extreme, saying, “There isn’t an abortion she doesn’t support.”

Duckworth said Salvi misrepresented her stance and that she supports Illinois restrictions on post-viability abortions — about 24 weeks gestation — as well as the Roe v. Calf.

Salvi said in an Oct. 27 debate that she is opposed to abortion but supports exceptions in cases of rape, incest or threats to a patient’s life. US Senator Duckworth defeats a Chicago attorney to win second term

Sarah Y. Kim

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