Live Updates: Elections 2020 In Illinois

Oberweis Refrains From Claiming Victory In Close Congressional Race

Jim Oberweis
Illinois State Senator Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove. Spencer Green / Associated Press

Republican State Sen. Jim Oberweis continues to lead by less than one percentage point in a far west suburban Congressional race that’s still too close to call as of this afternoon.

Oberweis is challenging Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood in the sprawling suburban 14th Congressional District, about an hour outside of Chicago. He currently leads by just 895 votes, or 0.2%.

“We’re out contacting the county clerks of all seven counties in the district and trying to make sure that we can lock down the votes,” Oberweis said on WBEZ’s Reset today. He stopped short of claiming victory.

Underwood did not issue a statement as of noon today, though she said late last night she remained optimistic that she’ll prevail.

Both campaigns have said absentee ballots are still being counted. Those ballots have so far trended in Underwood’s favor, according to the New York Times.