Brad Schneider Claims Victory To Reclaim U.S. Congressional Seat
Round three goes to Democrat Brad Schneider.
Schneider claimed 53 percent of the vote to narrowly defeat Republican incumbent Bob Dold and reclaim the U.S. Congress seat representing the 10th District of Illinois, according to the Associated Press.
“Unfortunately we came up a bit short today,” Dold said in his concession speech.
The district, which runs along Lake Michigan from Glencoe to the Wisconsin border, includes wealthy suburbs to the south and lower-income areas to the north.
It is not the first time the two candidates have faced off to represent Chicago’s northern suburbs.
Dold, 47, of Kenilworth, was elected to his first term in Congress in 2010. Two years later, Schneider, 55, of Deerfield, won by just over 1 percent. Dold took the seat back during a 2014 rematch and has served the district since.
Many of the top issues and talking points had remained similar to their past campaigns, like the repeated calls for bipartisanship in an increasingly polarized Congress.
Dold had been outspoken against Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Schneider, however, attempted to link the two Republicans in the weeks leading up to the election.
Dold had said it didn’t matter whom he ran against because he would campaign the same way. As for Schneider, he had never been in a general election without Dold.
In another U.S. Congressional race, Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi has won a Chicago-area U.S. House seat over Republican former Elmhurst Mayor Pete DiCianni, according to the Associated Press.
The race was an open contest after Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth jumped into the U.S. Senate race.
Krishnamoorthi, a laboratory executive, is a former deputy state treasurer and assistant attorney general from Schaumburg. He edged out a suburban village president and a state senator in the primary.
Krishnamoorthi led the 8th District race in name recognition and endorsements, including from major newspapers and President Barack Obama, for whom Krishnamoorthi did policy work during his U.S. Senate campaign.
Krishnamoorthi made an unsuccessful congressional bid 2012 and narrowly lost the 2010 Democratic primary for Illinois comptroller.
The district covers a region northwest of Chicago.