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+Dick Durbin (D) i
3,278,930
54.93%
Mark Curran (R)
2,319,870
38.87%
Willie Wilson (I) 237,699
3.98%
Danny Malouf (L)
75,673
1.27%
David Black (G)
56,711
0.95%
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5,968,901

Registration: 8,364,099. 
Plurality: 959,060 votes (16.06 percentage points)

 IL State Board of Elections




Notes: 
Sen. Dick Durbin (D), first elected to the Senate in 1996, won a fifth term, defeating former Lake County Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. (R), Chicago businessman and philanthropist Dr. Willie Wilson (I), Danny Malouf (L), and David Black (G).
 
Durbin was first elected to the U.S. House in 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1996, and is now Minority Whip.  In the Mar. 17 primary, he did not have a challenger.  Five candidates competed in the Republican primary; Curran (41.55%) defeated Peggy Hubbard (22.86%), Robert Marshall (15.26%), Tom Tarter (14.74%) and Casey Chlebek (5.58%).

Durbin and Curran, from remote locations, participated in a Daily Herald and Shaw Publications joint interview on Sept. 18 (>).  Durbin, Curran and Wilson, from remote locations, met with the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board for a Zoom interview on Sept. 19 (>).  All five candidates participated in a virtual forum, hosted by NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago, on Oct. 21 (>).  The candidates appeared from remote locations, while in studio at NBC Tower the moderator faced a row of five TV monitors showing the candidates, evoking candidates at podiums. 

Curran highlighted his experience as sheriff, stating, "I know how to keep America safe."  He frequently cited Durbin's 38 years in office, labeling him "a career politician who's been there way too long, who has been a far-left partisan." 
Durbin argued his seniority gives Illinois a seat at the table, emphasized his commitment to public service, and frequently advocated for Joe Biden.  In the Daily Herald interview he stated: "I think there's a substantial change in America that's about to take place.  If I'm right and the man I support for president, Joe Biden, is elected, we're going to have a chance to turn this country around in the right direction. I want to be there for that." 

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the Durbin campaign raised $10.4 million for the cycle, spent $10.1 million and finished with cash on hand of $1.1 million, compared to $352,283 raised and spent by the Curran campaign; Willie Wilson self-financed his campaign (>).



Campaign Managers
Dick Durbin:  Greg Bales
(May 2019)  Special projects director (June 2018-May 2019) and community outreach coordinator (Sept. 2011-June 2018) to Sen. Durbin.  Campaign manager on Sean Casten for Congress, July-Nov. 2018.  Illinois state director on Hillary for America, July-Nov. 2016.  
Direct mail consultant at Rocket Consulting from March 2009.  Policy advisor at the Illinois Department of Transportation, April-Sept. 2011.  Regional director for U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson (IL-11), Aug. 2009-Jan. 2011.  Field organizer on Joan Buchanan for Congress (CA), May-Aug. 2009.  Field organizer on Sara Feigenholtz for Congress (IL), Jan.-March 2009.  GOTV director for Illinois Victory 2008, July-Nov. 2008.  Field organizer on Obama for America, April-May 2008.  B.A. in political science from Indiana University Bloomington.

Mark Curran:  Linda Prestia
Freelance writer.  Managing editor at Stark Communications Inc. June 1998-July 2010.  B.A. in journalism, marketing, sociology from Lewis University.



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