Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth will defeat incumbent Republican Sen.
Duckworth, 48, is a two term member of Congress from Hoffman Estates.
At least one race for a seat in the House of Representatives also set landmarks - Pramila Jayapal, who is Indian-American, of Washington was elected to the House easily over another Democratic challenger, the Associated Press reported early Wednesday. According to The Chicago Tribune, Duckworth's mother is of Chinese descent and her father is a veteran of the USA military. Duckworth won her bid Tuesday. "I told her I would do everything possible to help her", Kirk said. The two-term congresswoman will become the second woman to serve IL in the U.S. Senate. Kirk is a veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserves. Her election in 2012 made her just the second minority female ever elected, after Illinois Senator Carol Moseley Braun, who was in office between 1993 and 1999.
Kirk mocked her Thai heritage and questioned her family's military history during a town hall debate at the University of Illinois Springfield last month. "I would say I already offered an apology to Tammy and she accepted". Marco Rubio, who jumped back into a re-election race after losing the Republican presidential primary, kept his seat with a victory in one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country. The daughter of an immigrant, she said her family struggled to get by and had to use food stamps after her father lost his job.
Duckworth, a second-term congresswoman, is running a final ad that references the day the helicopter she was co-piloting was shot down in Iraq in 2004.
Both Duckworth and Kirk have been examples for persons with disabilities.
WWE Monday Night Raw: Goldberg-Lesnar encounter date confirmed, what to expect?
The last time Undertaker was seen on TV was back at Wrestlemania 32 when he had his match against a returning Shane McMahon . Team SmackDown needs one more team as The Usos, American Alpha and The Hype Bros have already won their qualifying matches.
Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is challenging Sen.
Despite four horrific videos showing Planned Parenthood doctors potentially breaking the law to sell the body parts of aborted babies, Kirk stood fast with Democrats to prevent the Senate from taking up the bill.
Duckworth went into the race with a substantial lead, earning 13.3 percent more than Kirk in the Real Clear polling average.
There were several key races where votes were still being counted, including Democratic Rep. Kate Cloonen against Republican Lindsay Parkhurst in the north-central IL city of Kankakee, and Democratic Rep. John Bradley versus Republican Dave Severin in southern IL.
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., held on to her IL 17th District Congressional Seat.