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April 08, 2009

Quigley's road to Washington

No real surprise in Chicago, where Democrat Mike Quigley won Tuesday's Illinois special general election to succeed Rahm Emanuel in the House. No one expected otherwise in the heavily Democratic 5th District, which has sent characters ranging from Dan Rostenkowski to Rod Blagojevich to Emanuel to Congress.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Quigley had 69 percent to 24 percent for Republican Rosanna Pulido and 7 percent for Green Party candidate Matt Reichel (not a bad showing for a Green). 

Between the crowded March Democratic special primary election, where Quigley won the nomination with 12,118 votes, and Tuesday’s low turnout special general, where he won somewhere in the neighborhood of 30,000 votes, Quigley ended up capturing a congressional seat by winning fewer than 50,000 votes in total. The average population of a congressional district is roughly 647,000 people.