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Bustos wins re-election to Illinois 17th District seat

Cheri Bustos
Cheri Bustos(KWQC/Cheri Bustos)
Published: Nov. 5, 2020 at 10:01 AM CST
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ILLINOIS (KWQC) - Democrat Cheri Bustos won re-election to U.S. House in Illinois' 17th Congressional District, according to the Associated Press.

She issued the following statement on Wednesday:

“As a lifelong Illinoisan, a resident of Rock Island County for 35 years, and your representative, I am honored and proud to have been re-elected to serve Illinois' 17th Congressional District. Together, we have fought to protect and expand access to health care, rebuild our economy, strengthen our infrastructure and make our part of Illinois better for hardworking families. Tonight, thanks to your support, we will continue that fight for our communities, for our state and for our nation. I am grateful for everyone who has volunteered and supported me throughout this campaign. But no matter what side of the aisle you sit on -- Democrat or Republican  --  it is my commitment to you that I will work across the aisle to continue to deliver for Illinoisans. It is the privilege of my lifetime to represent Northwest and Central Illinois and to serve as your voice in Washington. Thank you for re-electing me to serve you for another two years.”

Esther Joy King, who was running against Bustos, is stressing the need to count all ballots. Her campaign released the following statement on Thursday:

"“Free and fair elections are the foundation of our country,” said Eric Anderson, Esther for Congress campaign manager. “With vote by mail ballots still incomplete there is no good reason to end this campaign. When it is appropriate – and that time is when all the votes are counted – Esther will respond accordingly. Until then, the election authorities must do their job, ensure voters are heard, and ensure that ballot security is a primary consideration.”

King, who is running on a platform of bipartisan cooperation, jumpstarting the economy and recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, and solving the healthcare dilemma after decades of political games, stands in stark contrast to Bustos. Again putting party politics ahead of her constituents, Bustos didn’t wait until 100% of the Election Day vote was in, let alone making sure the military and absentee votes had been counted. The math, which was seriously upended by a suspicious 11th hour ballot dump made by Rock Island County Clerk and Bustos ally Karen Kinney, remains in reach for a King victory or grounds for recount.

"We are looking at the trends, comparing ratios, voter history, turnout, and timing,” said Brady Smith, Esther for Congress data director. “There are also some serious procedural questions about ballot security and access to data in a number of jurisdictions. As an example, it was at least an hour after Rock Island announced that the votes were counted and kicked everyone out of the clerk’s office before they posted the results to their website, which created a ten thousand vote swing. That may just be an oversight, but it sure doesn’t look good to the typical voter. It’s no wonder so many people simply don’t trust politicians.”

Bustos, who serves as Nancy Pelosi’s top political advisor and chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), is under heavy fire from her DC colleagues for their failure to prevail on the national level. In her efforts to defeat President Trump and expand the House majority, called a “dumpster fire” by a fellow legislator, she may have seriously undermined Pelosi’s attempts to secure another term as Speaker.

King, a JAG officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, announced her candidacy to represent the Illinois 17th Congressional District on Aug. 21, 2019, and won the March 17, 2020, primary by a margin of 65.1% to 34.9%, is a vocal advocate for improving constituent service and representing the values and priorities of central, western, and northwestern Illinois.""

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