Mitt Romney claimed victory in Illinois’ Republican presidential primary Tuesday, capturing nearly 50 percent of the vote against his three GOP opponents, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Meanwhile, with more than half of the vote counted, incumbent U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, whose district includes Rogers Park, has a large lead over challenger Simon Ribeiro in the Democratic primary for her 9th Congressional District seat, according to the Daily Herald.
Unofficial vote totals from 420 of 560 precincts in Chicago and suburban Cook County show Schakowsky has garnered 35,296 votes to Ribeiro’s 3,097, the Daily Herald reports.
Schakowsky, 67, an Evanston Democrat and staunch liberal who has represented the 9th District for 14 years, has been a strong proponent of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. She favors immigration reform and offering illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. She also supports using more federal money to grow public sector jobs.
Ribeiro, 30, a Catholic high school teacher also from Evanston, previously ran as a Green Party candidate against Schakowsky in 2010.
The winner will face Republican Timothy Wolfe of Arlington Heights, who was uncontested in Tuesday’s Republican primary, in the November general election.