CHICAGO (CBS) — Two first-time Democratic candidates eked out victories in suburban congressional races on Tuesday, in districts that usually vote Republican, serving to Democrats take management of the Home.
Scientist and businessman Sean Casten defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam within the sixth District, which Republicans have held since 1973.
In a fair greater upset, Democrat Lauren Underwood, defeated four-term Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren within the 14th District. Underwood, a progressive African American, took 52 % of the vote in a district which is 86 % white and extensively seen as a Republican stronghold.
Roskam, a six-term incumbent, mentioned he’ll depart it as much as the pundits to elucidate why he misplaced to a political novice in a district his celebration has held for greater than 4 a long time.
Political analyst Stephen Maynard Caliendo mentioned Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker helped propel each Casten and Underwood to victory within the midterms.
“The sum of money that Pritzker was capable of spend to get Democrats to the polls actually helped,” he mentioned.
Greater than 156,000 voters picked Casten over Roskam to symbolize elements of Prepare dinner, DuPage, Kane, and Lake counties.
With endorsements from well-known politicians, like U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Casten’s marketing campaign lasered in on distaste for President Donald Trump, working advertisements telling voters Roskam voted with the president 94 % of the time.
“I feel that was in all probability good. He’s not a highly regarded president at this cut-off date,” Caliendo mentioned.
An emphasis on feminine voters helped provoke Underwood’s victory dance on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old nurse will be a part of 90 ladies elected to the Home, probably the most ladies ever to serve within the Home directly.
Underwood’s win over Hultgren additionally makes her the primary girl and first minority to symbolize the largely rural 14th District.
“To have a black girl representing that space is basically historic; and it additionally speaks, I feel, to altering demographics within the Chicago suburbs,” Caliendo mentioned.
Underwood defeated Hultgren by lower than four share factors. Two years in the past, Hultgren defeated his Democratic challenger by 18 factors.