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Live: Updates from McHenry County election night 2018

James Ruskin of Crystal Lake, right, receives instruction for filling out his paper ballot from election judge William Boltz at Park Place Banquets on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Crystal Lake.
James Ruskin of Crystal Lake, right, receives instruction for filling out his paper ballot from election judge William Boltz at Park Place Banquets on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Crystal Lake.

For a look at the live McHenry County election results, click here:

10:01 p.m. - Democrat Lauren Underwood wins election to U.S. House in Illinois's 14th congressional district, per the Associated Press. As of this time, Randy Hultgren was winning the McHenry County portion of the race with 51.67 percent (25,582) of the vote to Underwood's 48.33 percent (23,931) with 94 percent of precincts reporting.

“As a registered nurse and lifelong health care advocate, Lauren Underwood has a tremendous record of service to her community and a deep understanding of the challenges they face. She’ll bring that needed perspective and experience to Congress,” said House Majority PAC Executive Director Charlie Kelly. “The voters of IL-14 saw Randy Hultgren for what he was – an out-of-touch career politician – and chose to elect a new generation of leadership and a champion for hardworking families in Lauren Underwood.”

9:49 p.m. – With 100 percent of precincts reporting in the McHenry County Board’s District 6, unofficial results showed Republican incumbents holding on to their seats. Michele Aavang grabbed 32.6 percent of the vote (7,862 votes) while Larry Smith tallied 30 percent (7,422 votes). Democratic challengers Buffy Brasile and Larry Spaeth fell short with 17.9 percent and 18.7 percent of the vote respectively. 

– Ed Komenda

9:33 p.m. – It appears Joe Tirio will be the next McHenry County Clerk. As of 9:30 p.m., with 93 percent of McHenry County precincts reporting, the sitting recorder had 56.6 percent of the vote, or 39,856 votes. Democratic challenger Andrew Georgi has 43.4 percent of the vote, or 30,536 votes.

– Ed Komenda

9:31 p.m. - Democrat Sean Casten has defeated six-term Republican Rep. Peter Roskam to flip a suburban Chicago district the GOP has held for more than four decades. Democrats targeted the seat in Chicago's west and northwest suburbs in an effort to win control of the House. It was Roskam's toughest challenge since the Wheaton lawmaker was first elected to Congress in 2006. Casten, a scientist and businessman from Downers Grove, argued Roskam was too conservative for a district that supported Hillary Clinton over President Donald Trump in 2016. He pointed to Roskam's record of opposing abortion and his record of voting along with Trump. Roskam insisted he's a moderate who opposed Trump when necessary. He criticized Casten as wanting to raise taxes and for name-calling and "embracing the politics of ridicule."

- Associated Press

9:02 p.m. - McHenry County voters have spoken and the referenda on the ballot have clear winners. The heavily debated McHenry Township Road District abolishment was voted down, the McHenry Rec Center was too but the McHenry District 156 referendum passed.

Also, both McHenry County Board term limits passed with more than 91 percent of the vote.

- Jon Styf

8:49 p.m. - McHenry County results certainly don’t mirror the statewide results. By 8:45 p.m., Republicans Erika Harold (attorney general) and Bruce Rauner had conceded their races despite winning McHenry County. Harold was up with 56.6 percent of the McHenry County vote while Rauner took 55.5 percent of it with 93 percent of precincts reporting.

Jesse White (secretary of state) is the only Democrat in a statewide race who will win the McHenry County vote. White took 58 percent of the vote in the county.

- Jon Styf

8:40 p.m. - Republican Erika Harold has conceded to Democrat Kwame Raoul in their battle for Illinois attorney general.

- Associated Press

8:17 p.m. – On behalf of the Democratic Governors Association, Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) issued a statement on Democrat JB Pritzker’s victory in the Illinois’ governor race:

“Congratulations to Governor-Elect JB Pritzker for his commanding victory in Illinois. JB ran a model campaign, focused on the issues that matter to Illinois voters: strengthening health care, investing in education, and fixing the budget mess that Governor Bruce Rauner left. JB also built a strong campaign infrastructure to help up-and-down the ticket.

“Illinois voters spoke loudly today by overwhelmingly supporting JB’s plans to bring much needed change to the Land of Lincoln. JB will turn the page from the last four years in Illinois, and get the state moving in the right direction again.

“JB Pritzker has served his community as a national advocate for early childhood education and started a non-profit business incubator to bring tech jobs to Illinois. Now, as governor he will continue his record of service for Illinois families, focusing on creating jobs, expanding quality health care and investing in education. This is a much-welcomed turn around for Illinois. I’m honored to have worked with JB to add Illinois back to the Democratic column.”

Rauner posted this Tweet shortly before 8:30 p.m.: "It’s been an honor to serve. Thank you, Illinois."

– Ed Komenda

8:12 p.m. – Early results show voters favor McHenry District 156’s proposed $44 million referendum. The district has received 3,792 in favor of the proposal and 2,948 votes against. McHenry County has 93 percent of its precincts reported on this question.

– Brittany Keeperman

8:09 p.m. – With nearly 16 percent reporting in McHenry County, in Illinois’ 32nd Senate District, State. Sen. Craig Wilcox, R-McHenry, is ahead of Mary Mahady, D-McHenry.

McHenry County shows Wilcox has a total of 10,811 votes with Mahady trailing with 7,778.

In Lake County with 27 percent reporting, Wilcox is leading with 6,957 votes compared to Mahady’s 5,365.

– Daniel Gaitan

8:06 p.m. – Early results have shown Illinois District 6 Congressional Candidate Sean Casten has taken a lead over opponent Peter Roskam. Current totals across DuPage, Kane, McHenry and Lake counties show Casten has received 40,400 votes to Roskam's 33,172 votes. Cook County has not reported.

– Brittany Keeperman

7:57 p.m. – Less than an hour after polls closed, Gov. Bruce Rauner conceded the Illinois governor election to Democrat J.B. Pritzker. With 698 of 10,114 precincts reporting, Pritzker had 64 percent of the vote to Rauner's 31 percent.

– Ed Komenda

7:48 p.m. – A possible midterm story line is a “blue wave” narrative that includes Democrats taking multiple seats on the McHenry County Board. In the March primary, District 2 Democrat Suzanne Ness turned heads when she received more votes than any of the Republicans in the race. 

At the close of the polls Tuesday, District 2 candidate Josh Howell had 98 roadside signs and 300 yard signs planted around town. What did Ness’ campaign look like? The Woodstock Democrat gave a glimpse in a day-before-the-election note to her supporters: 

“[We] put out close to 300 signs, 12,000 mailers, 2500 postcards to targeted households, and knocked on close to 8000 doors. We held a dozen meet and greets, marched in the Crystal Lake parade and by all accounts over 250 people participated in my campaign between yard signs, donations, canvassers, and attendees at fundraising events.”

– Ed Komenda

7:41 p.m. – Early reports show State Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, has taken a lead over Tom Georges, D-Mundelein, in Lake County. Lake County shows McConchie has a total of 16,079 votes with Georges trailing with 10,433 votes.

Lake County voted for McConchie with current vote totals at 24.95 percent.

McHenry and Cook counties have not posted results.

– Daniel Gaitan

7:36 p.m. – Early reports show Illinois District 6 Congressional Candidate Sean Casten has taken a slight lead over opponent Peter Roskam. Lake and Kane counties show Casten has a total of 16,180 votes with Roskam trailing behind with 14,972 votes.

Lake County voted for Roskam with current vote totals at 56.22 percent, or 5,064 votes against Casten's 3,944 votes.

In Kane County, early result totals show Casten took 54.56 percent of votes, with 12,236 votes for him and 9,908 votes for Roskam.

Lake County totals don't include early votes, votes by mail, provisional or late votes by mail, according to the website.

Not all counties in the 6th District have posted early results yet.

– Brittany Keeperman

7:08 p.m. – As part of one of the closest Congressional races in the country, Democrat Lauren Underwood made one last push in the 14th District to unseat Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, after casting her vote in her hometown of Naperville Tuesday morning.

Underwood and Hultgren have both made appearances in McHenry County the week leading up to the election. Hultgren visited a Spring Grove manufacturer on Friday with U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan to rally voters while Underwood urged supporters to vote at her Woodstock office in Monday.

– Drew Zimmerman

7:06 p.m. – McHenry County Recorder Joe Tirio and a large group of local Republicans will be watching election results at the Bulldog Ale House in McHenry. Before the polls closed Tuesday, Tirio spent his day visiting polling places. "At least 50," he said.

– Ed Komenda

6:45 p.m. – 110,402 people or 45.8 percent of registered voters in McHenry County have voted so far, with about 15 minutes left before the polls close, according to the county clerk's website.

– Katie Smith

6:24 p.m. – McHenry County Board District 2 candidate Josh Howell plans to hit the road when the polls close at 7 p.m. to pick up the 98 4x4 political signs his campaign planted before the election.

After the signs are packed away, he plans to visit polling places such as Main Beach and West Main Beach to get an idea how the race turned out long before McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan posts results. Polling places post their results on the outside of the building on "white receipt paper," Howell said.

– Ed Komenda

1:32 p.m. – 36 percent of registered voters in McHenry County have cast ballots. Election judges are attributing the turnout to increased campaign advertising and the overall sentiment that individual votes count. Lots of places also reported seeing more young voters than usual

– Katie Smith

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