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U.S. President -- Illinois
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 John F. Kerry (D) 2,866,307  55  
 George W. Bush * (R) 2,336,253  45  
 Other 32,208  1  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP
EDITOR'S NOTE: Illinois has 21 out of 538 total electoral votes.
County by County Presidential Results

U.S. Senate -- Illinois
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Barack Obama (D) 3,555,586  70  
 Alan Keyes (R) 1,376,044  27  
 Other 148,072  3  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Illinois District 1
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Bobby L. Rush * (D) 209,083  85  
 Raymond G. Wardingley (R) 37,626  15  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Illinois District 2
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Jesse L. Jackson Jr. * (D) 205,150  88  
 Stephanie Sailor (Lib.) 26,783  12  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Illinois District 3
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Daniel W. Lipinski (D) 165,565  74  
 Ryan Chlada (R) 57,323  26  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Illinois District 4
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Luis V. Gutierrez * (D) 103,273  84  
 Tony Cisneros (R) 15,292  12  
 Other 4,767  4  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Illinois District 5
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Rahm Emanuel * (D) 156,476  76  
 Bruce Best (R) 48,832  24  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Illinois District 6
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Henry J. Hyde * (R) 131,450  56  
 Christine Cegelis (D) 105,367  44  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Illinois District 7
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Danny K. Davis * (D) 217,765  86  
 Antonio Davis-Fairman (R) 35,129  14  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Illinois District 8
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Melissa Bean (D) 139,486  52  
 Philip Crane * (R) 130,351  48  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Illinois District 9
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Janice D. Schakowsky * (D) 173,600  76  
 Kurt J. Eckhardt (R) 55,704  24  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Illinois District 10
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Mark S. Kirk * (R) 176,919  64  
 Lee Goodman (D) 98,836  36  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Illinois District 11
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Gerald "Jerry" C. Weller * (R) 172,975  59  
 Tari Renner (D) 121,819  41  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Illinois District 12
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Jerry F. Costello * (D) 198,735  69  
 Erin R. Zweigart (R) 82,615  29  
 Other 4,785  2  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Illinois District 13
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Judy Biggert * (R) 192,117  65  
 Gloria S. Andersen (D) 103,771  35  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Illinois District 14
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 J. Dennis Hastert * (R) 189,982  69  
 Ruben Zamora (D) 86,862  31  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Illinois District 15
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Tim Johnson * (R) 178,053  61  
 David Gill (D) 113,293  39  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Illinois District 16
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Donald A. Manzullo * (R) 201,976  69  
 John H. Kutsch (D) 90,266  31  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Illinois District 17
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Lane A. Evans * (D) 172,194  61  
 Andrea L. Zinga (R) 111,615  39  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Illinois District 18
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Ray LaHood * (R) 215,857  70  
 Steve Waterworth (D) 91,479  30  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Illinois District 19
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 John M. Shimkus * (R) 212,943  69  
 Tim Bagwell (D) 94,092  31  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

Illinois Politics

The state's most interesting race this season is the battle to replace retiring Republican Sen. Peter Fitzgerald, not because it is likely to be close, but because of the drama surrounding the candidates.

After months of scandal and a six-week search for a Republican replacement candidate, the state has two Harvard-educated black politicians running a race that will almost certainly send a fresh face to Washington.

Running for the Democrats is state Sen. Barack Obama, who is widely seen as a rising star within the party. Running against Obama is Republican Alan Keyes, a Maryland resident who had never even lived in Illinois. Keyes stepped into the race after the party's primary winner, Jack Ryan withdrew because of a scandal.

Ryan, a teacher, millionaire and former investment banker, had won his party's slot to take on Obama, but withdrew in June when his candidacy became embroiled in turmoil over sex club allegations.

Republicans had been hoping to hold onto the seat, with Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist making early appearances on Ryan's behalf in the state. Scandal ensued when divorce records were released showing that his ex-wife, actress Jeri Ryan, said he took her to sex clubs and tried to pressure her to perform sex acts while others watched. Ryan has denied the allegations.

Republican leaders said they felt betrayed and embarrassed. Some said publicly that there was no way Ryan could be elected, and most others said the same thing privately. Fitzgerald continued to support him, but Ryan eventually dropped out.

The party's search for a replacement candidate quickly became a drama in itself. Candidates with name recognition _ former governors, state senators, even Chicago Bears great Mike Ditka _ briefly flirted with the idea of a run but declined. Eventually the state party recruited Keyes, a conservative talk show host and former ambassador.

Obama kept quiet during the scandal. He's cast himself as the successor to the late Sen. Paul Simon, an icon in Illinois politics whose daughter appeared in an Obama television ad. He gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

All but one of the state's 19 incumbent congressmen are running for re-election and seem to have a strong chance of succeeding. The only one not running, Rep. William Lipinski, announced just days before the ballot deadline that he was retiring and persuaded Democratic leaders to run his 38-year-old son, Daniel Lipinski, in his place. The younger Lipinski, a political science professor, faces a politically unknown, Republican Ryan Chlada.

Ryan lost the 2002 gubernatorial race to Democrat Rod Blagojevich in 2002. Blagojevich became the first Democratic governor in more than a quarter-century.

Nearly two years later, Blagojevich finds his ratings dropping. In late May, 40 percent of registered voters surveyed said they approve of the job Blagojevich is doing as governor, down from 55 percent in a similar poll in February. The number of people who disapprove of his performance has risen to 36 percent, up from 27 percent in February.

The decline in approval followed months of wrangling between the governor and state lawmakers over a wide range of issues, including education, gambling and how to address a large projected budget deficit.

Outgoing Senator Fitzgerald spent more than $14 million of his own money to become the Senate's youngest member in 1998 at age 38. He had been a little-known state senator from Inverness when he upset the GOP establishment's candidate in the primary and then narrowly beat Democrat Carol Moseley Braun, the first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

With Fitzgerald's reputation as a maverick and Illinois' trend toward electing Democrats to statewide office, Fitzgerald faced the prospect of a tough re-election bid that would cost him another big chunk of his family banking fortune. He opted instead to retire.

--The Associated Press

       

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Previous Presidential Votes
2000 Primary Winners
Democrats: Gore with 84.3%
Republicans: Bush with 67.4%
2000 General Election
Gore (D): 54.6%
Bush (R): 42.6%
1996 General Election
Clinton (D): 54.3%
Dole (R): 36.8%

Election Dates
Presidential/state primary
March 16, 2004

Delegates/Electoral Votes
Democratic Delegates:
   Pledged: 156
   Unpledged: 30
   Total: 186
Republican Delegates: 73
Electoral Votes: 21






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