Duckworth defeats Walsh in 8th Congressional contest

Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth defeated Republican Rep. Joe Walsh in their nationally watched Northwest suburban congressional battle.

Duckworth has 55% to Walsh's 45% with 100% of the vote counted.

On the morning after her big win, the congresswoman-elect greeted voters at a commuter train station in Schaumburg.

"I am so humbled to be elected representative of the 8th Congressional District," Duckworth told supporters in an Elk Grove Village hotel ballroom Tuesday night.

The bitter battle to represent northwest Cook and eastern DuPage counties in Congress was among one of the closest watched in the nation. That’s due to Walsh’s status as a firebrand tea party icon and Duckworth’s backing from top Democrats, including President Barack Obama.

Duckworth and her fellow democrats failed to earn enough seats to take a majority in the U.S. House.  She is determined to work with both parties to pass legislation important to voters.  Duckworth says on her first day in Congress she will remind fellow lawmakers they are elected to serve and not to obstruct.

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