Lauren Underwood cruised to victory in the race for the Democratic nomination in the 14th Congressional District.
Underwood, a public health nurse from Naperville, will face off with Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, in November, according to unofficial voting totals within the 14th District.
Underwood is the only woman in the race, having shared the Democratic ballot with six men, and is seeking to become the first woman to hold the office of 14th Congressional District representative.
“I’m proud to be my party’s nominee and excited to channel the wave of energy we’ve seen over the past months to win in November,” Underwood said. “This is a campaign for anyone and everyone ready for change in Washington. I’ve never been more hopeful about the future of this district and this country.”
Overall, Underwood had more than 57 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts reporting as of midnight. With 100 percent of precincts in McHenry County reporting, Underwood collected more than 55 percent of the vote. She maintained similar leads in at least four of the five other counties the 14th District stretches into.
Underwood earned more than 55 percent of the vote in five counties – McHenry, Lake, Kane, Will and DuPage. She collected more than 47 percent of the vote in Kendall County precincts.
Underwood, who has a pre-existing heart condition, has said she’s running because of Hultgren’s vote on health care. Hultgren voted in favor of the Paul Ryan-backed American Health Care Act in May.
Although the measure failed to pass Congress, Underwood said in September she felt betrayed by Hultgren’s vote because he told constituents he would not vote in favor of a health bill that excluded protections for those with pre-existing conditions.
“This moment would not have been possible without the incredible efforts of our volunteers and campaign staff,” Underwood said. “This is about so much more than me, or even about the campaign – this is about the people of the 14th District building a movement to reclaim our voice in Washington.”
Matt Brolley, Montgomery village president, appears to have come in second place with about 13 percent of the vote. In third place was Jim Walz of Gurnee, with almost 10 percent of the vote.
Batavia’s Victor Swanson, Spring Grove’s John Hosta, Lakewood’s George Weber and Volo’s Daniel Roldan-Johnson came in fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively, according to unofficial results.