It was a short evening for Democrat U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski who easily won his fifth congressional term in Illinois’s Third District.
ABC-7 declared Lipinski the winner with 93-percent of precincts counted in Cook, Will and Dupage Counties. Lipinski throttled GOP challenger Richard L. Grabowski, capturing 68 percent of the vote.
Tea Party favorite Grabowski, a Constitutional Conservative who aligned himself with the Republican Party, characterized his campaign against the moderate Democrat as “David vs. Goliath.”
Lipinski thanked voters for their support saying that he was humbled by Tuesday’s victory and looked forward to representing all of the people in the newly relined Third District.
“Throughout this campaign, I heard from Independents, Republicans, and Democrats who are frustrated with partisan bickering that accomplishes nothing. I am hopeful that now that this election is over, we can start working together for solutions to the many issues that we face, beginning with getting people back to work and reducing our mounting debt,” Lipinski said in a press release.
Grabowski said he’d rather get closer numbers when the handful of precincts from Will and DuPage County are added into the final tally before conceding.
"Probably tomorrow morning I will have a better picture when we find out when military and absentee ballots are counted and we’ll go from there,” Grabowski said by phone. “I’m proud that I was able to introduce to ordinary people that you can get out and do this. We made Lipinski run his butt off in all the suburbs and actually run a real race.”
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