Regan Deering wins 13th congressional district GOP primary

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Regan Deering won the Republican primary in the 13th congressional district, according to The Associated Press.

It took a few days, but the Associated Press declared the winner of the Republican primary for the 13th congressional district, which was changed to now include a strip of St. Clair and Madison counties.

Regan Deering won the primary narrowly beating Jesse Reising, according to the AP.

Since Tuesday evening, the two candidates were neck and neck in the vote count.

Deering had 14,764 votes, or 34.7%, with about 97.2% of the votes counted as of 5:59 p.m. Thursday when the AP called the race for Deering.

Reising, who conceded the race with a Facebook post, had 14,093 votes, or 33.1%, as of Thursday night. Two other GOP candidates, Matt Hausman, with 10,084 votes, and Terry Martin, with 3,646 votes, followed the two favorites.

Through Facebook posts, Deering thanked his supporters and said, “We can’t survive the far left’s radical agenda any longer.”

Deering will face Democratic candidate Nikki Budzinski in the Nov. 8 election.

Budzinski was declared the winner Tuesday night in her race against David Palmer.

The 13th Congressional District was redesigned last year by Democrats and now includes portions of Metro East that were previously part of U.S. Republican Mike Bost’s 12th Congressional District. Belleville, East St. Louis, and parts of Edwardsville and Collinsville are now in the 13th District, which runs through central Illinois to include parts of Springfield, Decatur, and Champaign-Urbana.

Deering, 46, of Decatur, said in a questionnaire to the Democratic candidate from Belleville that she was a community advocate and philanthropist.

Budzinski, 45, of Springfield is a former senior adviser to Governor JB Pritzker and served during his first year as governor. His role included presenting Pritzker’s policies to residents of southern Illinois.

Neither Budzinski nor Deering ran for public office prior to this race.

The 13th District includes parts of St. Clair, Madison, Champaign, Macon, Piatt, and Sangamon counties, and all of Macoupin County. That seat had been open since incumbent Republican U.S. Representative Rodney Davis had to run in the newly created 15th congressional district on Tuesday. He lost the GOP primary race to U.S. Representative Mary Miller on Tuesday.

The results of Tuesday’s primary are considered unofficial and will become final after being certified by election officials later this month.

12th Congressional District primary results

Homer “Chip” Markel was declared the winner of the Democratic primary in the 12th congressional district on Wednesday in the race to face incumbent U.S. Representative Mike Bost in the November election, according to the AP.

Markel, had 10,974 votes, or 56.8%, to beat Joshua Qualls, who had 8,341 votes, or 43.2%, according to the AP’s report of about 99% of the votes counted.

Markel, 61, of Carbondale, is retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Bost, of Murphysboro, was unopposed in the Republican primary. He has served in Congress since January 2015.

All or part of 34 counties make up the 12th congressional district: Alexander, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Edwards, Effingham, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion , Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White and Williamson.

Mike Koziatek joined the Belleville News-Democrat in 1998 as associate editor and is now a reporter covering the Belleville area. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee and is a native of St. Louis.

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