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Walsh concedes race, Duckworth 'humbled'

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Tammy Duckworth, the Democratic nominee for the Illinois' 8th congressional district of the United States House of Representatives celebrates with husband Bryan Bowlsbey after defeating Rep. Joe Walsh in Elk Grove Village, Ill., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Duckworth, an Iraq War Veteran, served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot and suffered severe combat wounds, losing both of her legs.

CHICAGO – Republican Congressman Joe Walsh of McHenry conceded his re-election bid to Democrat Tammy Duckworth.

Walsh told supporters Tuesday night that he's proud of what he's done. He says he's not going anywhere and he plans on "knocking on doors tomorrow." Walsh said he spoke to Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran, and told her that his congressional office would do whatever needed to help with the transition.

Duckworth says she was humbled to be elected to Congress and will bring "a new attitude to Washington." Duckworth says she spoke to Walsh and he was gracious and offered to help her establish her office in Washington. She told supporters that she looks forward to being their congresswoman.

The race has been one of most closely watched nationwide as both parties identified it as high priority. The newly redrawn 8th District covers several Chicago suburbs, but no longer includes any part of McHenry County.

Walsh had earned support from the tea party. He says he knew he was "up against a lot" when he chose to run.


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