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     Nov. 4, 2014 U.S. Senate                                      

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+Dick Durbin (D) i
1,929,637
53.55%
Jim Oberweis (R)
1,538,522
42.69%
Sharon Hansen (L) 135,316
3.76%
others (3)
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3,603,519

Registration: 7,483,031. 
Plurality: 391,115 votes (10.68 percentage points)

 IL State Board of Elections




Notes: 
Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D) comfortably won a fourth term in the Senate, defeating businessman, investment manager and state Sen. Jim Oberweis (R) and Sharon Hansen (L).
 
Oberweis, from Sugar Grove (west of Aurora), was a perennial candidate having run unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2002 and 2004, governor in 2006, and Congress in CD-14 in the 2008 special and general elections.  He was elected to the Illinois Republican Party State Central Committee in 2010 and to the state Senate in 2012.  In the Mar. 18, 2014 primary Oberweis defeated businessman Doug Truax by 56.08% to 43.91%.  On the Democratic side, Durbin did not face a primary challenge.  Hansen, the Libertarian candidate, ran a low budget, low-profile campaign; she runs a bed and breakfast in Pontiac.

Durbin and Oberweis participated in one televised debate, on Oct. 22 at WLS-TV ABC-7 in Chicago (>).

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the Durbin campaign spent $12.6 million for the cycle compared to $2.4 million for the Oberweis campaign (>).


Campaign Managers
Dick Durbin:  Anna Valencia
(Feb. 2014) 
Assistant to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, May 2011-Feb. 2014; field director on Chicago for Rahm Emanuel, Nov. 2010-Feb. 2011.  Deputy director at the Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund, Mar.-Nov. 2010.  Communications staffer in the Office of Senate President John Cullerton, Aug. 2009-Mar. 2010.  Field director on Mike Quigley's primary campaign, Jan.-Apr. 2009.  Field director on Gary Peters for Congress (MI), Apr.-Nov. 2008.  B.S. in international studies from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007.

Jim Oberweis:  Tom Mannix
Principal at Dolfin Consulting and also serving as a Forest Park Commissioner, elected in 2011.  Has worked on campaigns since 2002 and did communications for Illinois Senate Republicans, 2004-08.  Graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, 2002.







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