Halpin declares victory with 12% lead in 36th District state senate; Swanson has big lead


GALESBURG — Candidate Mike Halpin has declared victory in his race against Mike Thoms for 36th District state senate.

While the count slowed overnight, with 79% of the votes counted, Democrat Mike Halpin has a big lead over Thoms. Halpin has 56% of the vote over Thoms’ 44%. Halpin has 29,950 votes and Thoms has 22,564, according to Associated Press.

Mike Halpin

“I am so humbled and grateful to represent the 36th Senate District,” Halpin posted on Facebook. “I look forward to representing the communities of western Illinois in Springfield!”

Mike Thoms has conceded the race.

Thoms was ahead early, but Halpin took the lead with help from Rock Island County, where he picked up 8,067 more votes than Thoms. In that county, Halpin received 24,567 votes to Thoms’ 16,500 votes.

Halpin also won in Knox County, where he appeared in a Galesburg NAACP candidate forum in which Thoms was absent. With all the results in, Halpin received 6,347 votes, compared to Thoms’ 5,426.

Thoms won in McDonough, Mercer and Warren counties. Henry County votes are not yet reported. See a county breakdown here.

Thoms is Rock Island Mayor and Halpin is 72nd District State Rep. The 36th District seat is currently held by Neil Anderson, R-Andalusia, who was drawn out of the 36th in the process of redistricting. The new 36th District includes Rock Island, Moline and East Moline on the north boundary and moves south in a narrow rectangle to include Galesburg, Knoxville, Monmouth and then on south to Bushnell and Macomb. 

Mike Thoms

Thoms has been mayor of Rock Island since 2017. He had worked for his family business, Thoms-Proestler Company, working his way up to chief operation officer before the business was sold in 2002.

Halpin has represented the 72nd District since 2017 and is a lawyer at McCarthy, Callas, & Fenney, P.C. Halpin served as a personal aide to Congressman Lane Evans. 

Swanson has big lead in state representative seat in 71st District

State Rep. Dan Swanson, R-Alpha

Incumbent Dan Swanson (R) of Alpha has a commanding lead in the 71st District race, with 52.2% of the votes counted. Swanson leads with 12,583 votes, or 61.5% of the vote. Christopher Demink (D) of Macomb has 7,887 votes, or 38.5% of the vote.

In Knox County, Swanson won 6,652 votes, compared to Demink’s 4,068.

Check back for more results.

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November 9, 2022 at 10:16AM

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