Duckworth ousts Walsh to win Illinois seat
CHICAGO – Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth has defeated freshman tea party Rep. Joe Walsh of McHenry in Illinois' 8th Congressional District.
Duckworth is an Iraq War veteran who left her job in the Obama administration's Department of Veterans Affairs to run for Congress.
The race has been one of most closely watched nationwide as both parties identified it as high priority. The 8th District covers several Chicago suburbs and is one of the most racially diverse on the newly-drawn congressional map. It no longer includes any part of McHenry County.
Duckworth outraised and outspent Walsh, who first took office in 2010. But outside groups spent millions on ads against Duckworth and for Walsh.
Duckworth made an unsuccessful bid in 2006 in another district.
Walsh won office in 2010 by a slim margin. He has been a staunch critic of President Barack Obama.
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