Results: Shimkus Wins "New 19" Seat
Republican Rep. John Shimkus won the 19th District congressional
race in Illinois, defeating fellow incumbent Democratic Rep. David
Phelps with 55 percent of the vote to Phelps' 45 percent according
to the State Board of Elections.
two representatives faced off for a newly drawn district in downstate
Illinois and like other incumbent match ups, fought a close race
to appeal to the local concerns of voters while attracting national
attention in the battle for political control of Congress.
Race in Downstate Illinois Still One to Watch
Update: Voters in downstate
Illinois are facing the final stretch of an unpredictable race
between two incumbent congressmen for the newly drawn 19th district
and if recent polls are any indication, the mostly blue collar
constituency may be leaning towards three-term Republican John
Shimkus over two-term Democrat David Phelps. (10/29)
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Stay Close in Campaign, Perhaps too Close
Update: The battle for a redrawn
congressional district in downstate Illinois is drawing national
attention as the candidates turn up the heat and one accuses the
other of "stalking" him and his family.
Phelps Promise to Keep Campaign Clean
Update: The race for the newly configured
19th district in downstate Illinois is an match-up of incumbents
described by many as "nice guys" who wouldn't turn the
race personal -- a prediction that may or may not hold true as
the November 5th election rapidly approaches. (9/15)