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Anderson takes 14th Congressional District primary over Hosta

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:01 a.m. CDT

Repeat candidate Dennis Anderson on Tuesday defeated newcomer John J. Hosta in the Democratic 14th Congressional District primary.

Anderson led with about 65 percent of the vote in most precincts, compared to Hosta's 35 percent, according to unofficial election results across the district.

The victory sets up a rematch between Anderson and incumbent Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, who defeated him for re-election in 2012.

"I think that by and large it was a matter of [my] breadth of issue recognition and understanding," Anderson said, speaking from his election night party at Rookie's in Huntley. "I think John had some very good points to make about trades and tariff issues, but it was a singular issue and I think that made a difference."

Both Anderson and Hosta agree that Anderson benefited from name recognition. Hosta said he wishes Anderson well, but thought he would be the ideal candidate for the general election.

Hosta said he would consider running again, but he said he will have to think about whether he should run as a Republican next time. The businessman took in the results from his home in Spring Grove.

Anderson said his campaign will begin working toward the general election in a few days. To avoid a repeat loss to Hultgren, Anderson said he will try to draw him out to more to public events and debates.

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