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Illinois Election Results 2012: Obama wins handily; Democrats pick up four seats in the House

Here is a summary of the election results in Illinois: (View full map)

President

As expected, President Obama carried his home state with more than 57 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press. The president won Illinois by 25 points in 2008. The state’s politics are dominated by the Chicago area, where Obama won by large margins four years ago.

House

Democrats picked up five seats in the state’s congressional delegation, giving the party a 12-6 edge thanks in part to redistricting by the Democratic-controlled legislature. Among the victors was Tammy Duckworth, an Army veteran who lost both legs from injuries she sustained in a blast in Iraq. She beat freshman Joe Walsh, a Tea Party Republican elected in a GOP wave two years ago.

Rep. Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., a Democrat representing the Second District encompassing Chicago and its suburbs, handily fended off two challengers despite running an anemic campaign since his hospitalization and leave of absence from Congress because of mental health issues.

Jackson is under investigation by the House ethics committee for improprieties when he sought the Senate seat vacated by Obama when he won the presidency in 2008.

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