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Hultgren wins 2nd term

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 12:41 a.m. CDT

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren was elected to a second term in the 14th Congressional District on Tuesday with more votes than his Democratic challenger, Dennis Anderson.

Unofficial and incomplete results showed Hultgren at 115,891 votes and Anderson at 79,709 before all votes were counted.

Hultgren, of Winfield, was first elected in 2010, beating incumbent Democrat Bill Foster. Hultgren ran on a conservative platform, aiming to reduce the size of government, rein in spending and cut regulations on business. He also was against the Affordable Health Care Act.

Anderson, of Gurnee, a retired medical researcher, supports the health care act, noting it will help millions have access to medical care. He had said he would cut the military budget and does not see business regulation as a true issue.

In his statement, Hultgren noted he was re-elected "with a substantial margin" over Anderson.

“I am humbled and appreciative for the support and faith that the voters in the 14th Congressional District have bestowed upon me," Hultgren said in the statement. 

But Dean Argiris, campaign spokesman for Anderson, said they would not concede until all the votes were counted.

Argiris said the edge Hultgren had over Anderson was not that big for a first-time candidate.

Argiris attributed Hultgren being ahead to the effect of Citizens United, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Court ruling that decided that the government was prohibited by the First Amendment from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations and unions.

"We are going to wait for more results," Argiris said Tuesday night.

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