How Duckworth won Illinois: County-by-county analysis
By Chad Yoder and Kyle Bentle
Nov 09, 2016 | 7:37 AM
On her way to a convincing victory, Rep. Tammy Duckworth won only 17 of Illinois' 102 counties, mirroring the urban-rural divide seen across the country on Election Day. While Duckworth's percentage-point winning margins weren't nearly as wide as incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk's, the counties Duckworth won had much larger margins in terms of total votes.
Kirk won only three counties by more than 10,000 votes, while Duckworth won five, including a massive 900,000-vote margin in Cook County, 23,350 in Will County and 14,296 in Lake County. Kirk won 14 counties by more than 40 percentage points, but that only netted him 62,245 more votes.
KEY: Percentage lead by county
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As of 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, 99.1% of precincts reporting.
Highest margin of victory for Kirk by votes: Tazewell County
Highest margin of victory for
+44.9 percentage points
Highest margin of victory for Kirk by percentage: Iroquois County
+51.4 percentage points
East St. Louis
East St. Louis
Previous two Senate elections
Durbin (D) vs.
Giannoulias (D) vs.
Dick Durbin (D) vs.
Jim Oberweis (R)
Alexi Giannoulias (D) vs.
Mark Kirk (R)
How this election compares to previous
Illinois' other seat has been held by Sen. Dick Durbin since 1996, who won re-election in 2014 by the smallest margin of his history of running. In his three previous general elections for Senate, Durbin won by 15 percentage points or more.
Seat won by Duckworth (winner in bold)
Richard S. Williamson
Seat held by Durbin
Sources: 2016 election results from the Associated Press. Previous election results from the Illinois State Board of Elections and the Federal Election Commission.