Lauren Underwood, Sean Casten bask in Democrats’ suburban victories

A day after political newcomers Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten flipped two congressional districts in the Chicago suburbs and helped Democrats take over the U.S. House, the duo contended their victories in areas long held by Republicans weren’t a one-year anomaly.

“I think that our race proves that what people had previously written off can’t be written off anymore,” said Underwood, who upset Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren of Plano in the far west and north 14th Congressional District.

Casten said his victory over Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton showed the suburban 6th Congressional District anchored in DuPage County doesn’t like what it is seeing from President Donald Trump — or acquiescing Republicans.

“I don’t think that the values of the district changed as much as the Republican Party has changed,” Casten said. “The fact that this district went for Hillary (Clinton) in 2016 but was really solidly Republican down the ballot says to me that this district is not aligned with the values of Trump, but is aligned with the values of the Republican Party from 20 years ago. That’s not wildly different from my own views, frankly.”

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November 7, 2018 at 08:18PM

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