Oberweis wins chance to take on Underwood in 14th Congressional District, Ives to square off with Casten in 6th
“Now is the time for us as Republicans to come together and finish the mission which is to defeat Lauren Underwood in November,” Oberweis said, thanking voters for participating in the primary elections amid heightened public health concerns and “tumultuous times.”
State Sen. Jim Oberweis declared victory over six other Republicans in the 14th Congressional District on Tuesday, preparing to square off against freshman Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood this fall in a typically red district that historically flipped blue in 2018.
Dairy magnate Oberweis declared victory with 25%, just edging past his state senate colleague Sue Rezin, who had 23% of the vote, and former U.S. Commerce Department adviser Catalina Lauf, who had 20% percent, with 86% of precincts reporting. Also running in the Republican race of loyal President Donald Trump supporters in the far west suburban congressional district were Jerry Evans, James T. “Jim” Master, Ted Gradel and Anthony Catella.
In an emailed statement declaring victory after Rezin conceded to him in a phone call, Oberweis called for party unity.
“Now is the time for us as Republicans to come together and finish the mission which is to defeat Lauren Underwood in November.”
He thanked all voters for participating the primary elections amid heightened public health concerns and “tumultuous times.”
The Illinois primary was affected by a number of factors related to Illinois’ COVID-19 outbreak, including a record number of mail-in ballots and voting hours being extended until 8 p.m. at 40 suburban Cook County locations.
“I am the candidate with the business and life experience we need in DC so our country fully recovers from this national crisis,” Oberweis said.
In the west suburban 6th Congressional District GOP race — the other Chicago-area congressional seat that also turned Democratic in 2018 — former gubernatorial candidate and army veteran Jeanne Ives defeated surgeon and army reserve colonel Gordon “Jay” Kinzler, with 71% of the vote to 29% of the vote with about 69% of precincts reporting.
Oberweis campaign spokesman Travis Akin also thanked the election judges who helped make the primary possible amid the pandemic, saying they “deserve lots of credit. We’re grateful for people who prioritized voting.”
Underwood, 33, faced no Democratic primary challenger in the GOP-leaning district, which she flipped blue in 2018 as part of a “blue wave” of Democrats nationwide who took over control of the U.S. House.
A nurse and health policy expert, she’s the first woman and first African American ever to represent the overwhelmingly white district, which spans from the Wisconsin border to the western suburbs and out to rural areas in parts of DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.
Republican nominee Ives will go on to face Casten, the first Democrat to hold the 6th District seat in more than 40 years since defeating six-term GOP Rep. Peter Roskam in 2018.
Ives, who opposed former Gov. Bruce Rauner from the right in the 2018 gubernatorial primary, ran her latest campaign on similar conservative values.
Sitting alone at a desk at her home with two flags behind her, Ives thanked her supporters in an address over Facebook Live. Kinzler had just conceded to Ives in a phone call around 9 p.m.
“We will work together to rebuild our economy, shore up our healthcare and social service organizations and to ensure that our transportation systems operate smoothly once again,” Ives said.