Lauren Underwood increases lead over Jim Oberweis in Illinois Congress contest: up by 3,496 votes

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Congresswoman Lauren Underwood checks her phone as she walks up her office at an election night headquarter in St. Charles, Ill., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Lauren Underwood of Naperville and Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove are the candidates for the 14th U.S. Congressional District seat. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) ORG XMIT: ILNH104
Congresswoman Lauren Underwood checks her phone at election night headquarters in St. Charles, Ill., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Lauren Underwood of Naperville and Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove are the candidates for the 14th U.S. Congressional District seat. | Nam Y. Huh/AP photo

Thousands of ballots still have to be counted in the Illinois 14th Congressional District.

WASHINGTON —- With more mail ballots counted Tuesday, Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., increased her lead over Republican Jim Oberweis to 3,496 votes in the hotly contested 14th Congressional District contest.

The latest numbers, according to the Associated Press, gives Underwood 50.4% to Oberweis with 49.6%.

In raw numbers, as of Tuesday afternoon, Underwood had 198,161 votes to Oberweis with 194,665.

Most of the latest count came from ballots in the parts of Lake and McHenry Counties in the district.

There are seven counties in the sprawling 14th Congressional District, GOP suburban and rural turf Underwood flipped in 2018 when she beat Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., by 15,871 votes, or 52.5% to 47.5%.

In 2020, the winning margin of either Underwood of Oberweis, a state senator, seems on track to be slimmer.

There are an estimated 12,000 ballots in the district still to be counted, a source told the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Oberweis campaign said it is anticipating a request for a recount and has been making fundraising appeals to gather cash for the legal challenge.

Underwood, 34, is a Naperville resident; Jim Oberweis, 74, lives in Sugar Grove.

The 14th Congressional District includes parts of Lake, McHenry, Kane, DeKalb, Kendall, DuPage and Will Counties.

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November 10, 2020 at 04:59PM

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