Davis, LaHood, Hammond win local congressional races

By Ryne Turke on November 9, 2016 at 12:06pm

The Republicans in Illinois’ 13th, 18th and 93rd Districts were victorious on Election Night.

Representative Rodney Davis is staying put in the 13th District. Davis earned almost 60-percent of the vote on Election Night in his victory over Democrat Mark Wicklund.

CNN called the election at around 10 p.m. on Tuesday with Davis getting 181,004 votes, compared to Wicklund’s 123,283.

In Greene County, votes overwhelming backed Davis as he coasted to victory, 4,103 votes to Wicklund’s 1,250.

Davis spoke with WLDS-WEAI News this morning and feels his experience in Washington D.C. gave him a big advantage.

“Well I’m looking forward to working with President Trump in a Republican Senate to do some big things. We want to reform our tax code and replace ObamaCare. ObamaCare is killing families and small businesses in Central Illinois. I talked with a friend who has an 87-percent increase in premiums for his family. That is with a $6,000 deductible. We have to do things Trump promised we would do and things the American people demand we do,” says Davis.

The 13th District covers parts of Bond, Champaign, Madison, McLean and Sangamon Counties, along with all of Christian, Calhoun, De Witt, Jersey, Macon, Macoupin, Montgomery and Piatt Counties.

Representative Darin LaHood maintained his 18th District seat in the House of Representatives through convincing fashion, earning almost three-quarters of the votes of West Central Illinoisans.

Polls from the four-county-area show LaHood received 3,611 votes in Cass County, compared to the 1,399 earned by Democrat Junius Rodriguez.

In Morgan County, LaHood took 76 percent of the vote, winning 11,085 to 3,471.

LaHood’s biggest margin of victory for the four county area came in Scott County, where he won 2,049 to 486.

Following his win, LaHood released a statement to WLDS-WEAI News which shows he is already looking into the future.

“I remain committed to finding common ground on priorities that encourage a growing economy and support our hard working families, farmers, small business owners, tradesman and those who protect our communities. We need to work across the aisle to incorporate more accountability and transparency in government from instituting term limits for legislators, protecting the Constitution and reforming Congress so it once again work for ‘we the people.'”

The 18th District also includes parts of McLean, Peoria, Sangamon, Stark Counties, as well as all of Adams, Brown, Hancock, Logan, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, Menard and Schuyler.

93rd District incumbent Norine Hammond won her State House race over Democrat John Curtis.

Polls show Hammond received 22,925 votes compared to her opponent’s 19,071. In Cass County, Hammond defeated Curtis 2,938 votes to 2,047.

The 93rd District includes McDonough, Knox, Mason, Schuyler, Fulton, Brown and Warren. Knox was the only county Curtis won.