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Voters reflect strong feelings in 8th district

CHICAGO – Voters are expressing strong feelings about one of Illinois' most contentious races between tea party Congressman Joe Walsh and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth.

Outside a Hoffman Estates polling station Tuesday, a 38-year-old dental hygienist, Barb Lynn, says she voted for Walsh, of McHenry. She concedes Walsh can be "rough around the edges," but she says the Republican knows how to get things done.

But Terry Mills says she voted for Duckworth. The 37-year-old clerk says she likes the Democrat's views on the issues. And she calls Walsh "absolutely crazy."

Walsh has criticized Duckworth for talking about her military service too much. She's run ads refering to him as "Deadbeat Joe." Walsh's ex-wife sued him for more than $100,000 in unpaid child support. That's an issue Walsh says they cleared up privately.

Walsh defeated three-term incumbent Democrat Melissa Bean in 2010, when the 8th District included large parts of McHenry County. After redistricting, no parts of McHenry County will be in the district.


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