The Associated Press declared Democrat Bill Enyart the victor over Republican Jason Plummer in the Illinois 12th Congressional District race.
Enyart has 109,239 votes; Plummer has 97,934 with 77 percent of precincts reporting. Enyart would retain for the Democrats a seat vacated by longtime Rep. Jerry Costello’s retirement after 24 years in the U.S. House.
“I’m humbled by the support I’ve seen from our friends and neighbors across Southern Illinois,” Enyart said in a statement. “Thanks to all of you who donated your time, energy and enthusiasm, in just four months we’ve gone from nothing to a winning campaign against a candidate who’s been running for the last four years. I couldn’t have done it without you.”
Enyart, 62, is an attorney from Belleville and a recently retired major general who commanded the Illinois National Guard.
Plummer campaign manager Phillip Lasseigne said Plummer was not prepared to concede because the candidate felt he owed the voters of Southern Illinois more time to have their voices heard.
“Many, many precincts are out there and we’re not going to concede anything until all votes are counted,” Lasseigne said.
Plummer, 30, of O’Fallon, is a businessman, former candidate for lieutenant governor of Illinois and an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve.
The Green Party’s Paula Bradshaw has about 6 percent of votes cast.
Bradshaw said she had support from other Greens and even drew applause from Libertarians for her stance against the Patriot Act, “but I don’t know where they were on Election Night.”
“It’s like sixth-grade politics,” Bradshaw said. “(Voters) want to be in with the in-crowd.”
Bradshaw said she would continue to work on a grassroots level to affect change.
Bradshaw, 59, is an emergency room nurse from Carbondale and a political activist.