WAUKEGAN - Three-term Congresswoman Melissa Bean tonight is flying home to her district in northeast Illinois having come-up just short in her re-election bid. Today, the last of the ballots were counted - absentees and provisional ballots - in portions of Cook, Lake and McHenry Counties. Out of over 200,000 votes cast, Bean trails by a scant 291 votes to Republican chalenger Joe Walsh.
Walsh this weekend, confident that he would prevail, was in Washington to attend 'freshman orientation' for newly elected US House members. He has been unavailable for comment today.
Tomorrow, Bean has called a news conference in Schaumburg to discuss the results and what she may do next.
Here are the vote totals including today's counting of absentee and provisional ballots:
Bean (D) Walsh (R) Scheurer (G)
Cook County 30,025 23,848 1,415
Lake County 52,025 55,148 3,507
McHenry County 15,774 19,119 1,573
TOTALS 97,824 98,115 6,495
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