For Republicans, Democrats, mixed election results in Kane County
Republicans failed Tuesday to unseat State Senator Michael Noland (D) and State Representative Keith Farnham (D). GOP challenger Ruth Munson conceded to Mr. Farnham Wednesday morning. Steve Rauschenberger has yet to concede the very close race to Mr. Noland, but the probabilities do not seem to be in his favor. All the candidates in these races are Elgin residents.
The Republican candidate for Kane County Resident Judge David Akemann defeated Democrat John G. Dalton by a vast margin of nearly 30,000 votes in the county-wide race. Both men are Elgin residents.
Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez (D) defeated Republican challenger Donald Kramer by a small margin.
GOP challenger Randy Hultgren easily defeated incumbent U.S. Representative Bill Foster (D). The margin of about 15,000 votes was much larger than most observers expected.
The biggest surprise of the evening was the apparent defeat of 8th District Congressman Melissa Bean (D). Despite the weak Republican challenger, who was saddled with a questionable resume and who’s campaign was poorly funded, it appeared that voters in the 8th District had enough of the incumbent representative who veered strongly to the left and insulated herself from constituents in her last term. The final result will probably not be certified for some time, but it appears that Joe Walsh has won this race.