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Bustos Regains The 17th District For The Democrats


The Illinois 17th District Congressional race was a heated one, between incumbent, Bobby Schilling and challenger, Cheri Bustos. On Tuesday night, November 6, 2012, after two years in the hands of republicans, Bustos was able to regain the district for the Democrats.

The election was a close one, with Bustos winning by just six percent, a total of 53 percent of the vote. Bustos received 131,381 votes, just 16,005 more votes than Schilling.

The Congresswoman elect credits hard work in the last few days before the election for her victory. "We made 60,000 phone calls today, thousands over the weekend, knocked on 15,000 doors. We want people to know I will work to the best of my ability, work the hardest I can possibly work."

As for what's next, she was asked about next six months, she says she will concentrate on next 100 days. She plans to get a group of people together, "to see what we like, don't like about government; focus on the economy and working together to get things done."

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