Hal Patton will make a run for state Senate as a member of his new party
The mayor who received criticism for wearing blackface as part of a rapper Halloween costume about a decade ago lost his bid to become a state senator.
Haine, D-Alton, didn’t run again.
State Sens. James Clayborne, D-Belleville, and Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, didn’t seek re-election either, so metro-east residents have three new state senators representing them in Springfield after the Nov. 6 election.
The GOP-backed Patton’s opponent was Democrat Rachelle Aud Crowe, a Madison County assistant state’s attorney. Aud Crowe was ahead by almost 13,000 votes, according to the unofficial results.
Here are the unofficial vote totals:
Illinois State Senate District 56: Rachelle Aud Crowe vs. Hal Patton
Rachelle Aud Crowe, of Glen Carbon (Democrat): 45,356 votes
Hal Patton, of Edwardsville (Downstate United): 32,397 votes
With 184 of 184 precincts reporting
Illinois State Senate District 57: Tanya Hildenbrand vs. Christopher Belt
Tanya Hildenbrand, of Belleville (Republican): 30,260 votes
Christopher Belt, of Cahokia (Democrat): 43,577 votes
With 192 of 192 precincts reporting
Illinois State Senate District 54: Jason Plummer vs. Brian Stout
Jason Plummer, of Edwardsville (Republican): 58,426 votes
Brian Stout, of Vandalia (Democrat): 24,757 votes
With 240 of 240 precincts reporting