Plummer wins 54th state Senate primary

State Sen. Jason Plummer
State Sen. Jason Plummer File photo

Jason Plummer said it was "humbling" to get the win Tuesday night in the race to replace Republican state Sen. Kyle McCarter.

With 98 percent of the precincts reporting in the 54th state Senate GOP primary, Plummer had 57 percent of the vote in the race against three other candidates.

With 237 of 242 precincts reporting, here are the unofficial vote totals for the four candidates seeking the GOP nomination for the 54th state Senate seat:

Jason Plummer: 12,911

Ben Stratemeyer: 4,417

Rafael Him: 2,725

George Barber: 2,433

“It’s really humbling and it’s really exciting,” Plummer said late Tuesday night. “We worked really hard and we’ve got a great team of people across eight counties.”

Plummer gave this outlook as he heads to the fall campaign:

“Illinois is a mess and it’s going to take a big team of people working together to start to turn this ship around,” Plummer said. “We’re going to reach out to everybody. We’re going to reach out to every voter … whether we’re running against anyone or not because everybody needs to be on board.

“We have to create an environment where businesses will come back to Southern Illinois."

The general election will be Nov. 6 and no Democratic candidate has yet filed to run.

Plummer, 35, of Edwardsville, is vice president of R.P. Lumber. He was the lieutenant governor GOP nominee when state Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, ran for governor in 2010. Brady lost to former governor Pat Quinn.

In 2012, Plummer was the GOP candidate in the 12th congressional district and lost to Democrat Bill Enyart, of Belleville.

McCarter, R-Lebanon, has held the 54th state Senate seat since 2009 and decided not to run for re-election.

The 54th State Senate district includes all of Bond, Fayette, Clinton and Marion counties and parts of Madison, St. Clair, Washington and Effingham counties. It extends from Troy, Highland and New Baden in the metro-east to Effingham, Centralia and Salem.

Mike Koziatek: 618-239-2502, @MikeKoziatekBND