Jim Durkin has won the 82nd District seat in the Illinois House of Representatives, defeating challenger Tom Chlystek, according to returns as reported by the Associated Press.
The race to unseat the Republican leader in the state house was a long shot. The seat, centered on the town of Lemont on the I&M Canal, is strongly Republican, and Durkin beat his last Democratic opponent in 2010 three to one.
Chlystek, an alderman from the city of Darien, raised a negligible amount of money in his campaign.
Durkin served as the Illinois chair of Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaigns in 2000 and 2008. He ran against U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin in 2002, but failed to break 40 percent of the vote.
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