Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Fighting Dem Duckworth Moves On To the General In Ill 6th.

Congradulations to Maj. Tammy Duckworth for winning the Illinois 6th Congressional Democratic Primary in a cliffhanger this morning.

Support the Fighting Dems and the Band Of Brothers.

Tribune staff reports
Published March 22, 2006, 10:47 AM CST

Iraq war vet Tammy Duckworth narrowly won the Democratic nomination for Congress to run against Republican state Sen. Peter Roskam for the west suburban seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde.

With nearly all the votes counted in the three-way race in the 6th Congressional District, Duckworth, a former Illinois National Guard helicopter pilot who lost her legs in a 2004 grenade attack, had nearly 44 percent. Software engineer Christine Cegelis, who lost to Hyde in the last election, had 40.9 percent. Wheaton College professor Lindy Scott accounted for the rest.

Cegelis conceded the election this morning in a phone call initiated by Duckworth, according to Cegelis spokesman Andy Juniewicz.Later, Cegelis issued a statement, in which she said in part: "I spoke with Tammy this morning and wished her luck. She's going to need it."

Chicago Tribune


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