Incumbent Rep. Lauren Underwood ended the night with an optimistic speech to supporters tuned into a near three-hour virtual watch party.
“We’re still waiting for results, and yet I know we’re winning, you know why? Because people are voting in unprecedented numbers, and when our democracy is strong, we all win.”
Republican Illinois state Sen. Jim Oberweis’ campaign manager Travis Akin said they, too, remain optimistic they’ll pull off a victory, but that they might not know for a few days as mail-in and early vote ballots continue to be counted.
The campaigns wrapped up the night shortly after 11 p.m. As of that time, about 83% of precincts were reporting, with Oberweis with a razor-thin-lead over Underwood.