Two years after challengers ousted long-serving suburban Chicago Republican congressmen, helping Democrats to seize control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats are looking to cement those gains.
In the 14th Congressional District, which includes Naperville, U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood faced state Sen. Jim Oberweis, a Republican from Sugar Grove.
Underwood and Oberweis were separated by less than a percentage point, according to early returns. Outstanding ballots cast by mail are expected to boost Underwood’s final tally.
While Underwood’s 2018 victory over four-term U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren by 5 percentage points was an upset, most election experts do not list the race among the most competitive contests this year, in part because of President Donald Trump’s declining support in suburbs across the country.
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