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Clinton, Trump prevail in Illinois; Alvarez is ousted as Foxx breezes; Duckworth wins

  • Written by By Joe Boyle

With a large voter turnout in Cook County, Hillary Clinton was the victorin a tight race with Bernie Sander in the Democratic primary in Illinois, while Donald Trump was the easy winner in the Republican race Tuesday night.

In another highly contested local race, Cong. Tammy Duckworth (D-8th) was easily victorious over the former head of Chicago Urban League Andrea Zopp and state Rep Napoleon Harris. Duckworth will face Republican incumbent Mark Kirk, who cruised past James Marter.

Kim Foxx, former chief of staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, stunned Democratic incumbent Anita Alvarez in the race for Cook County State's Attorney. Former state and federal prosecutor Donna More was a distant third.

Clerk of Circuit Court Dorothy Brown was the winner Tuesday night despite not receiving the support of the Cook County Democrats, who were concerned when the FBI began investigating her office. Brown defeated Chicago Ald. Michelle Harris ((D-8th), who received the support of the Cook County Democrats in October, and attorney Jacob Meister.

In the Democratic presidential primary, Clinton had 50.3 percent of the vote, or 970,268, with 97 precincts reporting. Sanders had 48.9 percent, or 942,637 votes. Despite the narrow win, Clinton continued to collect delegates with primary victories also in Florida, Missouri, Ohio and North Carolina. Sanders, currently in Arizona, said he plans to continue his campaign.

“If we stand together, there is nothing we can't accomplish,” Sanders said.

Clinton campaigned heavily in Illinois after Sanders recorded a surprising triumph in Michigan. She visited Vernon Hills, which was quickly added to her campaign visits, and made several trips to Chicago's South Side.

Trump, despite recent controversy over disturbances at recent campaign stops, continues to surge ahead of his Republican opponents. With 96 percent of the precincts reporting, Trump had 38.9 percent of the vote for a total of 527,504. Cruz recorded 30.5 percent of the vote for a tally of 414,956.

Kasich was third with 19.6 percent of the vote, or 267,358. Rubio was in fourth with just 8.5 percent for a total of 115,527.

Primary victories in Florida, Missouri and North Carolina has provided Trump with a large lead, along with his Illinois win. However, Kasich won his home state of Ohio, which opponents of Trump that includes Republicans state will result in a contested convention in August.

However, that race will not include Rubio, who lost his home state of Florida to Trump. Rubio has decided to suspend his campaign.

Speaking from West Palm Beach, Trump said he is proud of his campaign and the supporters he has drawn.

“We have people who are working (for us),” he said. “Democrats are coning in. People are voting who have never voted before.”

With 85 percent of the precincts reporting, Duckworth compiled 64 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary race for U.S. Senate. Zopp, who got a late start in the race, had just 25 percent of the vote. Harris was a distant third with 12 percent of the vote.

Duckworth will face Kirk in the general election , who had just over 71 percent of the vote in his victory. Marter had 29 percent. Kirk said he is ready for the challenge and describes himself as a moderate.

Duckworth had a different view of Kirk.

“We sent a clear and loud message tonight,” said Duckworth. “We are going to lead without fear.”

Duckworth said that Kirk would support Trump. Kirk responded by stating that an earlier statement was taken out of context. He said a decision on the Republican candidate he will support for president will be made in July.

In Brown's victory in the Clerk of the Circuit Court race, she had 47 percent of the total with 427,253 votes. Harris recorded 275,207 votes for 38 percent. Meister was third with just 21 percent and 197,944 votes.

“We had some great, great endorsements,” said Brown, who had support from some south suburban mayors. “I am grateful to them for believing in me.”

Brown will face Diane Shapiro, the Republican committeeman from Chicago's 46th Ward, in the general election in November. Shapiro was unopposed in the primary.

Also unopposed in the primary Tuesday were Cong. Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) and Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza, who faced no challengers in the race for state comptroller. She will face Republican Leslie Munger in the November election.

Democratic state representatives Mary Flowers (31st), Andre Thapedi (32nd), Fran Hurley (35th) and Kelly Burke (36th) were also unopposed.

This year, Democrats accounted for 90 percent of early voting in Chicago, with Republicans recording 10 percent. In suburban Cook County, Democratic voters registered 72 percent of early voting, while Republican accounted for 29 percent, according to the Cook County Clerk's office.