Illinois U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean has admitted defeat in her re-election campaign. Bean represents Chicago's Northwest suburbs in Congress.The Democrat lost to political newcomer Republican Joe Walsh by less than 300 votes after absentee and provisional ballots were tallied Tuesday.
Election officials will count remaining ballots today in Illinois' 8th congressional district. Tuesday is the deadline for absentee ballots to arrive and for provisional ballots to be verified and counted.
The race for Illinois' 8th congressional district remains tight nearly a week after Election Day. It could still be awhile before the results come in.Republican congressional candidate Joe Walsh has about a 350-vote lead over incumbent Democratic Representative Melissa Bean.