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Senate Dist. 38: Benson Challenges Rezin

Oct 26, 2016
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The 38th Illinois Senate District race pits Republican incumbent Sue Rezin against Democratic challenger Christine Benson.    

The challenger in the 17th Illinois Congressional District is sticking with Donald Trump, in spite of a 2005 video riddled with Trump's offensive comments about women. Republican Patrick Harlan doubled down the Monday after the video went viral, saying Hillary Clinton would be worse for the country.

From the candidates' websites.

Greetings from Illinois' 16th Congressional District, where voters will find one U.S. House candidate on the ballot: incumbent Republican Adam Kinzinger.

This results directly from 2010 redistricting, when state Democrats -- who controlled the map making process -- packed Republicans into a half-moon around Chicago's suburbs, stretching from Wisconsin to Indiana. This made neighboring districts less Republican, but it created a nearly impossible environment for Democratic challengers in the 16th.

Johnson: congress.com/Feingold: madison.com

Two weeks ago, control of the U.S. Senate could be determined by a flip of the coin. Today, Democrats have a 70% to 75% chance of retaking the upper chamber.

That's according to Matt Streb, a political scientist at Northern Illinois University. Streb spoke to WNIJ about the Wisconsin and Illinois Senate races, plus eight U.S. House races in the WNIJ area. We'll feature those interviews each morning this week.

Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk and his Democratic challenger, U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth, spoke out against Donald Trump after he made statements suggesting the presidential election was rigged, and that he might not accept the results.  

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