Former state representative Jay Hoffman appeared to be headed for another term in the Illinois House, based on partial returns in the 113th District.
With 98 of 112 precincts reporting, the latest vote totals:
Jay Hoffman (D): 24,619
Melinda Hult (R): 12,213
Hoffman, a Belleville attorney, was a state representative for 20 years before he was defeated two years ago by Rep. Dwight Kay, R-Glen Carbon, in the 112th House District. Redistricting allowed Hoffman to run in the 113th District. Hult is a Belleville City Council member.
Hoffman had built up a campaign fund of more than $450,000, much of it from his previous tenure, and he far outspent Hult.
The 113th District covers Belleville and then stretches northwest to the Granite City area. The district currently is represented in the House by Rep. Scott Penny, D-Fairmont City, who was appointed to the seat after Gov. Pat Quinn appointed former Rep. Tom Holbrook, D-Belleville, to head the Illinois Pollution Control Board. Penny chose not to run for the office.