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IL Primary Roundup

When I went to bed last night it looked like Topinka was in a bit of trouble but might still eke it out. She ending up doing much better than that, beating Jim Oberweis by 45,000 votes, or six percentage points. Blagojevich won easily, as expected, but can't be too happy to see his primary opponent winning 30% of the vote.

Rahm can breathe a sigh of relief: fighting Dem Tammy Duckworth narrowly beat out Christine Cegelis in the sixth district, 44% to 41%. She'll face Republican Peter Roskam in the general.

Dave McSweeney easily outdistanced Kathy Salvi in the 8th district GOP primary, setting up a very competitive race against incumbent Democrat Melissa Bean in November.

Finally, the Democratic primary race for Cook County Board President remains up in the air, with charges of vote fraud swirling. This has been a remarkable race, with three-term incumbent John Stroger battling to hold on after suffering a stroke last week. He remains in serious condition even as the votes are being counted, and it's unclear whether he'll be able to resume his duties if reelected, which could set off a power struggle among a host of Dem committeemen.