Ex-Sheriff Wins Illinois Senate Republican Race, Progressive Democrat Ousts Incumbent

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber is a senior reporter for The Epoch Times based in Maryland. He covers U.S. and world news.
March 18, 2020Updated: March 19, 2020

Former sheriff Mark Curran won the Republican primary race for a U.S. Senate seat in Illinois, earning the right to challenge Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), while a progressive Democrat ousted longtime Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.).

Illinois held its primary elections on March 17 even after some states postponed elections due to the spread of the CCP virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus.

Curran won 41.6 percent of the vote in the Republican primary, beating four others, including former police officer Peggy Hubbard and radiologist Robert Marshall.

Curran is an attorney who was the sheriff of Lake County from 2006 to 2018. He’ll face Durbin, 75, who has been in office since 1997 and ran unopposed in the Democrat primary.

“I want to thank everyone that voted today, whether you voted for me or not. It was an act of bravery on some level just to get out to the polling places, knowing that the coronavirus is with us,” Curran said in a video message.

In a major upset in the primaries, progressive businesswoman Marie Newman came out on top in the Democratic primary to Illinois’ 3rd congressional district. Newman won just over 48,000 votes while Lipinski won 45,677 votes.

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Democrat Marie Newman smiles as she campaigns in the Archer Heights neighborhood of Chicago on March 9, 2020. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo)

“I am bursting with pride and gratitude for the amazing coalition that helped bring about much needed change in our district. We are going to work together to lower health care costs, to fight climate change, and to build an economy that works for everyone,” Newman said in a statement.

Lipinski, a former engineer, hasn’t reacted to the loss. Lipinski has held the seat since January 2005 and his father, Bill Lipinski, held the seat for over two decades before that.

Democratic Reps. Bobby Rush, Robin Kelly, Jesus Garcia, Mike Quigley, Danny Davis, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Jan Schakowsky, Brad Schneider, Bill Foster, Lauren Underwood, and Cheri Bustos won their primaries, as did Republican Reps. Mike Bost, Adam Kinzinger, Jeanne Ives, and Darin LaHood.

Republican Mary Miller, a farm manager, and Democrat Erika Weaver, a public defender, won the primaries in the 15th district. They’ll face off to replace outgoing Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.)

Florida and Arizona also held primary elections on Tuesday night. Ohio was scheduled to do so but postponed the elections, citing the spread of the new coronavirus.

The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Jeanne Ives’ party affiliation. The Epoch Times regrets the error.

Zachary Stieber is a senior reporter for The Epoch Times based in Maryland. He covers U.S. and world news.