In the Republican race to be the candidate for state senator in the 57th District, Air Force Reservist Tanya Hildenbrand's received nearly 2,400 more votes than radio shock jock Bob Romanik.
Hildenbrand had 5,210 votes and Romanik had 2,813 votes according to unofficial results Tuesday night, with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
Hildenbrand said she spent a little more than $4,000 of her money on the campaign. Hildenbrand, however, got help from the Illinois Republican Party, which spent more than $19,800 on campaign fliers for her.
Romanik has his own daily radio show, and contributed $50,000 into his own campaign account.
“With the money I had tried to stretch it as much as I could,” Hildenbrand said. “It was really about getting out and meeting people and talking to folks and seeing what the issues were. I tried to go to all the possible events that I could go to. That’s what made a big difference. People look at billboards and see signs, but when you meet someone in person and you get to hear their stories and get to interact with those folks, they know that you care.”
Hildenbrand is now set to face Christopher Belt, the lone Democrat to seek that party's nomination in the Senate district, which covers parts of St. Clair and Madison counties. The general election is Nov. 6.
They are running to succeed state Sen. James Clayborne, D-Belleville, who is not running for re-election.