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Bean concedes; Walsh wins 8th District seat

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(Danielle Guerra- dguerra@nwherald.com)
Congressional 8th District representative-elect Joe Walsh speaks to the Republican Assembly of Lake County during a meeting on November 11, 2010 in Mundelein.

Republican Joe Walsh has defeated incumbent Democrat Melissa Bean for Congress in Illinois' 8th District with all absentee and provisional votes now counted.

Two weeks after voters went to the polls, Bean conceded the race in a congratulatory phone call to Walsh Tuesday night, a statement from Bean said.

County clerks in McHenry, Cook and Lake counties tallied up the remaining provisional and late-arriving absentee ballots earlier Tuesday. Unofficial results indicate Walsh won by 290 votes out of more than 200,000 cast. Heading into Tuesday's final count, Walsh held a 347-vote advantage.

In McHenry County, Walsh picked up 17 votes to Bean's 12 votes Tuesday.

In Cook County, Walsh received 59 votes Tuesday to Bean's 105 votes, Cook County Clerk spokeswoman Courtney Greve said.

As of 5:37 p.m., the Lake County Clerk's website said Walsh had received 459 votes and Bean received 474.

With the counts from Tuesday added in, Walsh stood at 98,115 to Bean's 97,825.

Both Bean and Walsh were in Washington D.C. today as the final voters were counted back in the district. Bean flew back to Illinois Tuesday night, when she made the phone call to Walsh.

Walsh is planning to hold a news conference Wednesday afternoon to address the outcome of the race, his spokesman, Nick Provenzano, said.

Bean plans to hold a press conference in Schaumburg Wednesday morning.

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