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United States Senate election in Illinois, 2008

United States Senate election in Illinois, 2008

November 4, 2008

 
Nominee Dick Durbin Steve Sauerberg
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 3,615,844 1,520,621
Percentage 67.84% 28.53%

County Results

Senator before election

Dick Durbin
Democratic

Elected Senator

Dick Durbin
Democratic

The 2008 United States Senate election in Illinois was held on November 4, 2008. Incumbent Democratic United States Senator Dick Durbin, seeking a third term in the United States Senate, faced minimal opposition from physician Steve Sauerberg. As expected, Durbin overwhelmingly won re-election and crushed Sauerberg in a landslide.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Results

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dick Durbin (Incumbent) 1,653,833 100.00%
Totals 1,653,833 100.00%

Republican primary

Candidates

  • Steve Sauerberg, family physician
  • Andy Martin, perennial candidate
  • Mike Psak, trucker and perennial candidate

Results

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Sauerberg 395,199 55.62%
Republican Andy Martin 240,548 33.85%
Republican Mike Psak 74,829 10.53%
Totals 710,576 100.00%

General election

Results

United States Senate election in Illinois, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Dick Durbin (Incumbent) 3,615,844 67.84% +7.51%
Republican Steve Sauerberg 1,520,621 28.53% -9.49%
Green Kathy Cummings 119,135 2.24%
Libertarian Larry A. Stafford 50,224 0.94% -0.70%
Constitution Chad N. Koppie 24,059 0.45%
Write-ins Dan Hynes 1 0.00% 0.00%
Majority 2,095,223 39.31% +17.00%
Turnout 5,329,884
Democratic hold Swing

References

  1. ^ a b http://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionInformation/VoteTotalsList.aspx?ElectionType=GP&ElectionID=21&SearchType=OfficeSearch&OfficeID=4266&QueryType=Office&
  2. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2008election.pdf

External links

  • Illinois State Board of Elections
  • U.S. Congress candidates for Illinois at Project Vote Smart
  • Illinois, U.S. Senate from CQ Politics
  • Illinois U.S. Senate from OurCampaigns.com
  • Illinois U.S. Senate race from 2008 Race Tracker
  • Campaign contributions for Illinois congressional races from OpenSecrets.org
  • Official campaign websites
    • Dick Durbin, Democratic incumbent nominee
    • Steve Sauerberg, Republican nominee
    • Larry Stafford, Libertarian nominee
    • Kathy Cummings, Green Party nominee
    • Chad Koppie, Constitution nominee


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