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Baricevic narrowly trailing in judge race; race with LeChien-Cason is close

Unofficial results Tuesday showed incumbent Chief Judge John Baricevic trailing Republican challenger Ron Duebbert by just 800 votes in the race to serve the 20th Judicial Circuit.

St. Clair, Randolph, Monroe, Perry, Washington counties are covered by the 20th Judicial Circuit.

By midnight, seven precincts in St. Clair County still had not been counted. The 25 precincts in East St. Louis were counted after being released at midnight.

Baricevic, along with fellow Democrats Judge Robert Haida and Judge Robert LeChien, announced they would retire in December and run for the judge positions created by their retirements in November. That move allowed them to avoid running for retention in which they would need “yes” votes from at least 60 percent of voters. Instead, they only need one more vote than their opponents to win.

While Haida ran unopposed, the unofficial results for the race between LeChien and LaNinya Cason had LeChien leading as of midnight.

In the Third Circuit that covers Madison and Bond Counties, Circuit Judges A. Andreas “Andy” Matoesian and William Mudge were retained and received more than 60 percent of the total vote.

Baricevic-Duebbert

Results (With 333 out of 340 precincts reporting)

Baricevic: 79,111

Duebbert: 79,921

LeChien-Cason

Results (With 209 out of 216 precincts reporting)

LeChien: 56,762

Cason: 54,391

Haida (unopposed)

Results (With 308 out of 340 precincts reporting)

Haida: 114,714

Haida is a Democrat.

Brown retention

Democrat Richard Brown is running for retention in the 20th Judicial Circuit.

Retention (Needs 60 percent voter approval)

Results (With 308 out of 340 precincts reporting)

Yes: 101,779

No: 39,928

3rd Judicial Circuit (Madison and Bond counties)

Matoesian retention

A. Andreas “Andy” Matoesian is running for retention.

Retention (Needs 60 percent voter approval)

Results (With 100 percent of the vote counted)

Yes: 77,704

No: 34,962

Mudge retention

William Mudge is running for retention.

Results (With 100 percent of the vote counted)

Yes: 81,698

No: 34,962

Illinois 5th District Appellate Court (Bruce Stewart vacancy)

Bleyer-Barberis

Democrat Brad K. Bleyer faces Republican John B. Barberis Jr.

Unofficial results with 82 percent of precincts reporting

Bleyer: 207,376

Barberis: 267,742

Illinois 5th District Appellate Court (James Wexstten vacancy)

Moore-Weber

Republican James R. “Randy” Moore faces Democrat Jo Beth Weber.

Unofficial results with 82 percent of precincts reporting

Moore: 259,289

Weber: 219,109

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