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Five incumbent Democrats keep their seats in the Illinois House election

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These six districts will help to determine whether the Democrats can engineer a wave election to regain control of the House of Representatives in 2018.

Five incumbent Democrats from the metro-east kept their seats in statehouse races, according to unofficial election results.

Dwight Kay, R-Glen Carbon, lost his bid for his old seat in a rematch with state Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville.

Stuart defeated Kay two years ago, when he was the incumbent, and at the same time that Republicans gained five other seats. The Illinois House Republican Organization didn’t support Kay’s run during the primary, which he ultimately won.

Wood River Township Supervisor Mike Babcock was narrowly defeated by state Rep. Monica Bristow, D-Godfrey, for a seat he tried to take once before.

Babcock lost to former state Rep. Daniel Beiser in 2016. Beiser resigned a year later, and Bristow was appointed to the seat.

The new state lawmaker received criticism when she presented her first bill on the House floor. At the time, Bristow told legislators she hoped “we’ll all get raises” in what may have been an attempted joke.

Unofficial vote totals had Bristow ahead of Babcock by 284 votes.

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Republican Mike Babcock is challenging state Rep. Monica Bristow, D-Godfrey, in the 111th State House District.


Doug Jameson stepped down from his role as chairman of the St. Clair County Republican Central Committee to go up against state Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea.

State Rep. LaToya Greenwood, D-East St. Louis, was also defending her seat in a run against Centreville Republican Jason Madlock.

David Friess, a local attorney and former Red Bud alderman, lost the race to incumbent state Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton.

In a statement Wednesday, Costello said he believed voters cared about his record of voting against tax increases.

“I am thankful and humbled to again have the opportunity to serve the residents of Southern Illinois,” Costello wrote. “... I wish David Friess and his family well, and as a conservative I look forward to working together with Republicans and Democrats to do what is best for Southern Illinois.”

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State Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton, (Left), and Republican David Friess BND file photos

In another statehouse race, Republican Blaine Wilhour was running against Democrat David Seiler for the state Rep. John Cavaletto’s seat.

Cavaletto, R-Salem, decided not to run for re-election.

Here are the unofficial vote totals:

Illinois State Rep. District 112: Katie Stuart vs. Dwight Kay

Dwight Kay, of Glen Carbon (Republican): 20,139 votes

Incumbent Katie Stuart, of Edwardsville (Democrat): 24,559 votes

With 90 of 90 precincts reporting

Illinois State Rep. District 113: Jay Hoffman vs. Doug Jameson

Doug Jameson, of Belleville (Republican): 14,030 votes

Incumbent Jay Hoffman, of Swansea (Democrat): 23,647 votes

With 108 of 108 precincts reporting

Illinois State Rep. District 114: LaToya Greenwood vs. Jason Madlock

Jason Madlock, of Centreville (Republican): 15,252 votes

Incumbent LaToya Greenwood, of East St. Louis (Democrat): 21,098 votes

With 102 of 102 precincts reporting

Illinois State Rep. District 116: Jerry Costello II vs. David Friess

David Friess, of Red Bud (Republican): 19,382 votes

Incumbent Jerry Costello II, of Smithton (Democrat): 22,289 votes

With 117 of 117 precincts reporting

Illinois State Rep. District 111: Monica Bristow vs. Mike Babcock

Mike Babcock, of Bethalto (Republican): 18,683 votes

Incumbent Monica Bristow, of Godfrey (Democrat): 18,967 votes

With 99 of 99 precincts reporting

Illinois State Rep. District 107: David Seiler vs. Blaine Wilhour

Blaine Wilhour, of Beecher City (Republican): 26,485 votes

David Seiler, of Effingham (Democrat): 11,516 votes

With 139 of 139 precincts reporting

Lexi Cortes: 618-239-2528, @lexicortes
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