Big money boosted Lauren Underwood, but $7 million was not enough for Peter Roskam in defeat – Chicago Tribune

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A $7 million campaign war chest wasn’t enough for Republican Rep. Peter Roskam to hold off Sean Casten amid a wave of regional and national support that led to Democrats taking control of the U.S. House in last month’s election.

Democrat Lauren Underwood meanwhile outspent U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren by a 2-to-1 margin in her upset victory in the 14th Congressional District. Underwood spent more than $4.4 million over the course of the campaign, according to Federal Election Commission reports, as she flipped the traditionally GOP stronghold into one of a string of “blue wave” wins for Democrats.

Both Casten and Underwood were first-time political candidates. The pair of Democratic victories in the collar counties surrounding Chicago helped Democrats flip two Republican districts on their way to taking control of the U.S. House.

Hultgren spent $2.4 million. Despite a quiet first few months of the fall, the ousted Republican ending up spending nearly all the money he raised. He finished the post-election reporting period with only $468.51 cash-on-hand.

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December 7, 2018 at 06:45PM

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