11th District Wrap-up

Republican Adam Kinzinger defeated first-term Democratic Congresswomen Debbie Halvorson in Illinois’ 11th congressional district.
Kinzinger had about 57 percent votes and Halvorson had about 43 percent of the vote, with 76 percent of precincts reporting.
Kinzinger, an Air Force pilot, received heavy backing from tea party activists and an endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
The 11th District, stretching from Southwest Chicago suburbs down to sections of central Illinois, is normally a Republican-leaning district.  Although Halvorson won the election in 2008 by a nearly 24 percent margin, Kinzinger has proved to be a much more challenging opponent as  election results coming in throughout the night showed a tight race.
Supporters of Debbie Halvorson, who made her name as the Joliet area’s Democratic state senator, gathered at Heroes Sports Bar & Grill in Joliet last night in anticipation for results of the 11th District Congressional race.
When results began to show Kinzinger’s slight advantage over Halvorson, the confidence in the room of supporters began to slightly shift.
“Either way, she has done her job,” said Jim Bedner, a retired electrical engineer who also helped Halvorson with her campaign.  “If she loses this election, it will be because she didn’t fight back against the TV ads that attacked her.”
The 11th District is made up of parts of eight counties, some parts much bigger than others.  As each county’s results came in, the margin between the candidates grew.  LaSalle County, one of the last to turn in its numbers, but also one of the more significant, kept some Halvorson supporters hopeful.
Kinzinger defeated Halvorson in the end by a total of 87,379 votes.  A tearful Halvorson addressed the crowd of supporters thanking them for their hard work and support throughout her campaign.  Although the results were not what she had hoped for, Halvorson said she will work with  Kinzinger to make the district a better place.
“We’re gonna help him and make sure that he has the resources and the help to make sure that we transition and continue to help people,” said Halvorson.
Halvorson told the crowd that she got into politics in order to help the people win and that whoever is in the position, needs to fight for the people.
“Its not about me, it’s not about Adam, it’s about the people,” said Halvorson.
In Frankfort, the first words that came to Kinzinger where, “Holy Cow,” as he thanked and addressed those in attendance.
Kinzinger, who describes himself as a conservative Republican with a core belief in limited government, went on speaking about heading to Washington.
“I believe government has way overstepped itself and I am ready to start making changes,” said Kinzinger.”