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Incumbent Hultgren victorious

U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, was elected to a second term Tuesday, holding off Democratic challenger Dennis Anderson.

Unofficial and incomplete 14th Congressional District results showed Hultgren at 115,891 votes and Anderson at 79,709.

Hultgren was first elected in 2010, beating incumbent Democrat Bill Foster.

Hultgren ran on a conservative platform, aiming to reduce the size of government, rein in spending and cut regulations on business.

He also was against the Affordable Health Care Act.

Anderson, a retired medical researcher from Gurnee, supported the health care act, noting that it will give millions access to medical care.

He said he would cut the military budget and does not see business regulation as a true issue.

In his statement, Hultgren said he was re-elected “with a substantial margin” over Anderson.

“I am humbled and appreciative for the support and faith that the voters in the 14th Congressional District have bestowed upon me,” Hultgren said in the statement.

Dean Argiris, campaign spokesman for Anderson, said he would not concede until all the votes were counted.

Argiris said the edge Hultgren had over Anderson was not that big.

Argiris attributed Hultgren being ahead to the effect of Citizens United, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Court ruling that decided the government was prohibited by the First Amendment from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations and unions.

“We are going to wait for more results,” Argiris said.

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