Lauren Underwood says upset election win was about representation, not just Trump

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As one of the faces of Democrats’ successful bid to flip the U.S. House in their favor in last week’s midterm elections, Lauren Underwood talked Trump, her party’s leadership and her upset victory in Illinois’ 14th Congressional District on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning.

“The president is certainly a factor,” said Underwood, when asked if she would call her success a referendum on President Donald Trump. “But in the Illinois 14th District, we had not been well represented. We had a congressman who was not caring for our voice, voted to take away health care, voted to raise our taxes, refused to act in the face of escalating gun violence in our country.

“And so in our district it was very clearly about representation and did we have what we deserved,” she said.

Underwood, a 32-year-old nurse from Naperville who has never held elected office, knocked off Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren of Plano in the far west and north suburban district. She pulled in about 52 percent of the vote in her win, joining an incoming class of House freshmen notable for its diversity.

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November 11, 2018 at 11:36AM

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