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IL Dems tighten grip on power

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 03:58:26 CST

Democrats were already powerful in Illinois politics, yesterday's election made them even more so. No sitting Illinois Democrat was defeated, while five incumbent Republicans lost state races, as did four GOP Congressmen. University of Illinois Springfield political scientist Kent Redfield says Democrats had a lot in their favor:

"Clearly the Democrats benefitted from drawing the map, from having more money, and probably superior organization."
Republicans' losses in Springfield mean Democrats now hold veto-proof majorities in both the Illinois House AND Senate, and Democrats now outweigh Republicans by a ratio of two to one in Illinois' delegation to Washington.

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