A Republican congressional candidate from Illinois who lost his race to the incumbent Democrat showed up at the United States Capitol on Friday to attend new member orientation.
Jim Oberweis was defeated by Lauren Underwood, who has represented Illinois’ 14th Congressional District in the US House of Representatives since 2018.
The Associated Press called the race for Underwood on Thursday. With 100 percent of precincts reporting the difference was 4,605 votes. Underwood won with 200,638, or 50.58 percent. Oberweis received 196,034, or 49.42 percent.
“I am honored to be reelected to represent Illinois’ beautiful 14th District in Congress. This was a tough race under some very difficult circumstances, and I want to say thank you to my supporters, the voters, and our elections officials for their diligent work,” Underwood said in a statement.
“We face urgent challenges as a community and a country. I remain focused on getting results: protecting our families, ensuring a robust economic recovery, and lowering the cost of health care. Whether you voted for me or not, I pledge to represent every member of this community,” she added. “That’s my responsibility, and I take it seriously. It’s a privilege to bring northern Illinois voices and values to Washington and I can’t wait to build upon all that we’ve accomplished, together.”
Oberweis, other the other hand, is in total denial, which has become the Republican brand in 2020.
“The Associated Press calling the race in the 14th Congressional District for Lauren Underwood does not change anything in this race from a legal standpoint,” Oberweis said in a statement after the race was called. “Illinois election law has provisions to allow parties in a closely contested race to seek a recount to ensure that all legal votes are counted and to ensure that the final outcome is the right outcome. There are still votes that have yet to be counted. The totals at this point are unofficial totals as the race has yet to be certified. We are committed to exploring all of the legal options at our disposal and will pursue these options that are afforded our campaign under law.”
Oberfeld also prematurely declared victory on Wednesday night before all the votes had been counted.
“Today, after contacting every County Clerk across the 14th District, I am pleased to say that, with only a handful of outstanding ballots, it appears that I have won a tough fought campaign against Lauren Underwood,” Oberweis said. “This race has been an uphill battle to say the least. Lauren Underwood has enjoyed a tremendous financial advantage having outspent me 4-1. But despite all of the money she spent, we prevailed.”
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