Turner claims victory over Hamilton in 48th Senate District race

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Democratic state Sen. Doris Turner claimed victory Tuesday night in the heated 48th Senate District race against Republican state Rep. Sandy Hamilton

Turner had about 51% of the vote to Hamilton’s 49% with most of the ballots counted in Christian, Macon and Sangamon counties.

“I’ve always said that I want to leave my space in the world a little better than I found it and I did that as a member of the county board, city council and now I can continue doing that in the senate,” Turner said at an event at Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 137 in Springfield. “I’m really proud that people in this community know me, my character, and I ran a campaign that talked about what I had done, what I want to do, and how we can move our community forward together and I’m really happy the hard work and our message resonated with he voters and that showed tonight.

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Bill Houlihan, chairman of the Sangamon County Democrats, stands beside state Sen. Doris Turner as she gives an acceptance speech at Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 137 in Springfield.

Turner and Hamilton, both appointed to their current legislative seats, were seeking election to the General Assembly for the first time.

The candidates reported over $5 million in funds during the race, most of which went toward social media and television attack-based advertisements that brought each opponent’s character into question.

Before results came in, Hamilton said regardless of how heated the race was she would show good sportsmanship toward Turner, win or lose. Later, she congratulated Turner on the victory.

“I want to congratulate Senator Doris Turner on her victory this evening.  I wish her well moving forward representing central Illinois in the state Senate. Tonight was what our democracy was founded on. While the results are disappointing for me, now it’s time to put the election behind us and find a way for Republicans and Democrats to unite this country and state to solve the major issues we face,” Hamilton said in a release.

State Rep. Sandy Hamilton waits for election results Tuesday night at Papa Frank's in Springfield.

Turner, a former Springfield alderwoman and Sangamon County board member, made economic development, education and affordable health care her top issues during the race. Economic development, crime and passing tougher ethics laws were a priority for Hamilton, a local Realtor and volleyball coach.

Hamilton joined the race for Senate in the 48th following the redrawn legislative maps which put her home in Republican Rep. Tim Butler’s 95th House district.  

The 48th Senate District, which Turner currently represents, includes downtown Springfield and Decatur along with portions of Macon, Sangamon and Christian counties.

In other area races for state Senate, Sen. Sally Turner, R-Beason, ran unopposed in the 44th District, which includes Clinton, Lincoln, Mount Pulaski and Monticello. Republican Sen. Steve McClure also was unopposed in the 54th District, which includes Carlinville, Effingham, Shelbyville and Petersburg.

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November 9, 2022 at 09:47AM

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