Taylorville Republican Rodney Davis has defeated four time Democratic Congressional candidate David Gill in the13th district. Davis declared victory saying he is honored to be the person to represent Illinois in a district with deep ties to Abraham Lincoln.
"And he tackled tough decisions and he made some of those at his own political peril and eventually at his peril. Abraham Lincoln is someone who will influence me and I am honored to serve the district he served."
Davis said the campaigns on both sides did not necessarily run on the high road, but must now put partisanship aside. The long time staffer for Congressman John Shimkus will now be going to Washington in his own right saying the struggle of today is not altogether for today, but for a vast future.
"I've got a history of working in a bipartisan way already here in parts of this district. We've worked with many different leaders who are republicans and Democrats to address issues that concern their communities. And I'm going to take that same ability to Washington."
Davis says he believes his emphasis on pro-business and growth issues made the difference.
"I think our discussion on debt and how debt has skyrocketed out of control to $16 billion has resonated."
Davis never trailed in the count. The margin is 47% to 46% with Independent John Hartman finishing a distant third. But, Gill, a Bloomington Physician, has so far refused to concede saying before midnight that remaining uncounted precincts could favor him. The Associated Press called the race for Davis.
The race attracted huge amounts of spending from outside organizations which ran attack ads. The candidates themselves were less active on television.
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