This primary election had close races, heavy campaigning and historic voter turnout in DuPage County.
“It’s the highest percentage of turnout as well as the most voters that have ever turned out for a presidential primary. We’re over 50 percent, we’re at like 50.1 percent,” said Robert Saar, Executive Director of the DuPage County Election Commission.
Starting with the race for the Republican nomination for District Five of the DuPage County Forest Preserve, incumbent Mary Lou Wehrli received 55 percent of the vote, beating out challenger Carl Schultz.
“I’m grateful that people pay attention enough to actually take the time and get out and vote, and to talk to those they know are following issues and following people and also following the work that’s being done,” said Wehrli.
Wehrli is currently unopposed in the general election.
Moving to Illinois’ 11th Congressional District, Tonia Khouri beat Nick Stella and Herman White for the Republican nomination.
“We’re just going to continue to reach out the residents to spread our message, our message of the need for bold leadership. I want to bring fresh energy and new ideas and independent thinking to Washington,” said Khouri.
But Khouri can’t get too settled just yet, she received 37 percent of the vote to Stella’s 36.3 percent. With only 416 votes separating them, and the potential for absentee ballots to still be in the mail, the winner could change.
“This still could flip, the election is clearly not over yet,” said Saar.
Whoever comes out on top will go on to face Democratic incumbent Bill Foster, who has held the seat since 2012.
DuPage voters also cast their ballots for the presidential primary.
“The interest was strong on both sides, Bernie Sanders won in DuPage and Donald Trump won in DuPage,” said Saar.
That was consistent with Illinois winners on the Republican side, but Hillary took the state for the Democrats.
Looking to the general election, officials are expecting more voters than ever before.
Saar explains, “We’ll probably have 75,000 to 80,000 more voters go to vote than in any election in the past, so I expect it to be hitting 80 percent, 82 percent.”
The general election will take place on November 8, 2016.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.
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