Newsflash:
About Progressive Round Table Dr. David Gill 13th District still too close to call
Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

13th District still too close to call

Written by  Cody Bozarth | My Journal Courier

The race for a U.S. representative for Greene and Macoupin counties has yet to be called with an incredibly narrow margin separating two candidates.

David Gill is the apparent winner in the Democratic race for the U.S. Congress 13th District, defeating Greene County State’s Attorney Matt Goetten.

Gill received 15,507 votes — 143 more than Goetten — with all precincts reporting.

But because it will be weeks before numbers are certified, Goetten is not conceding and is waiting for an official total before the primary is settled.

Responding to a declaration of victory from Gill, Goetten says the race is too close.

“I am humbled by the strength of the grassroots campaign we built together, and I believe we must wait until all votes are counted before declaring victory in this race,” Goetten said in a prepared statement.

Issues delayed Macoupin County votes from being totaled until nearly 5 a.m. Wednesday, but after they were Gill claimed victory and began to set his sights on the November election.

In the general election, Gill would face challenge from U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, who took 69 percent of the vote against Frank Metzger and Michael Firsching.

Before the final precincts in Macoupin County were reported, Gill issued a statement questioning if the count conducted there was being done reliably and accurately.

Responding to those questions, County Clerk Pete Duncan said a few precincts were re-counted by experienced Democrat and Republican election judges.

Overseeing the count were two representatives from the State Board of Elections, a Macoupin County Assistant State’s Attorney, the Democrat and Republican County Chairmen, candidates or their representatives in contested races, members of the media and members of the general public.

“It took us a long time, but we’re confident everyone’s vote got counted,” Duncan said. “That’s what we were concerned with, not getting done quickly.”

Printed ballots in Macoupin County as well as other counties in the state were too large to fit in tabulators. Duncan said the county resolved the issue by removing less than one-eighth of an inch of paper from one side of the ballot.

Johnson currently represents the 15th District, which covers much of east-central Illinois.

After redistricting, he was cut out most of his existing district and drawn into a new area that stretches west, adding most of Springfield and all of Macoupin and Greene counties.

Link to original article from My Journal Courier

Read 4577 times

Progressive Round Table

Progressive Roundtable November 13th Progressive Roundtable November 13th
Duration: 7389
Date: November 14, 2013
Views: 443
Rep. Keith Ellison at PDA Round Table, Nov. 13, 2013 Rep. Keith Ellison at PDA Round Table, Nov. 13, 2013
Duration: 899
Date: November 18, 2013
Views: 43
Rep. Barbara Lee at PDA Round Table November 13, 2013 Rep. Barbara Lee at PDA Round Table November 13, 2013
Duration: 550
Date: November 18, 2013
Views: 204

PDA In Your State

Status of Medicaid Expansion in the States

Rep. Jim McGovern at July Round Table

ERA - January 15th Round Table

The Robin Hood Tax

Robin Hood Tax Video

Robin Hood Tax: John Nichols and Keith Ellison and Michael Lighty

Why The Robin Hood Tax

Miriam Pemberton - Swords into Ploughshares

Dr. Bill on Medicare for All

Keith Ellison: Single Payer and Expanding Social Security