LaHood, Rodriguez win respective primaries for 18th Congressional District

By Blake Schnitker on March 21 at 7:28am

There will be a familiar name on the Republican ballot and a new name on the Democratic ballot for Illinois’ 18th Congressional District in November.

Incumbent Peoria-based Congressman Darin LaHood was victorious over challenger Donald Rients in yesterday’s Republican primary. Come November, LaHood will take on another challenger in Democrat Junius Rodriguez, who came out on top in what was a rather crowded Democratic field for Illinois’ 18th Congressional District in yesterday’s primary.

LaHood carried Morgan County with 3,831 votes compared to the 855 votes cast for Rients. On the Democratic ticket, the race was significantly closer.

While Rodriguez did not carry Morgan County, he did receive nearly 15,000 total votes to lead the group. Behind him was Brian Deters, who received just over 14,000 votes, and Darrel Miller, who brought home around 6,700 votes. Locally here in Morgan County, Deters carried the vote, as he brought in 477 votes, compared to Rodriguez’s 384, and Miller, who brought home 241 votes in the county.