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ILLINOIS —Incumbent Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) has won another term in Washington D.C. The Deerfield resident defeated challenger Valerie Ramirez Mukherjee (R-Northbrook) in the race for Illinois' 10th Congressional District seat.
With 100 percent of precincts in, Schneider received 60 percent (139,136 votes) to 40 percent (92,622) for Mukherjee. The Associated Press officially called the race at 2:41 a.m. Wednesday.
"Today's resounding victory is the first step of our nation renewing itself,” Schneider said in a statement. "Tonight, Il-10 voters demonstrated that we desperately want leadership who will unify the country to beat back the coronavirus, rebuild our economy, and renew our nation.
"Tomorrow, we will begin mending the fissures of our divided nation, and we will work together as Americans to govern and move our entire country forward again — Republicans and Democrats."
The Illinois' 10th Congressional District covers parts of Cook and Lake counties. All or parts of Beach Park, Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Fox Lake, Glencoe, Grayslake, Highland Park, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lake Villa, Lindenhurst, Libertyville, Morton Grove, Mundelein, North Chicago, Northbrook, Prospect Heights, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Vernon Hills, Waukegan, Wheeling and Zion are included.
The incumbent greatly outraised and outspent his opponent in this election cycle, according to fundraising numbers from the Center for Responsive Politics. Schneider raised $3.1 million and spent about $2.5 million of it, as of the campaign's most recent report last month. Mukherjee raised $1,139,727 and spent $60,426, as of her most recent report.
Schneider, 59, has served as the U.S. Representative for the Illinois' 10th Congressional District since 2017. He also previously held the seat from 2013-2015.
Schneider is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means and House Committee on Small Business, according to his house.gov biography. He has previously served on the House Foreign Affairs and House Judiciary committees.
According to her candidate page on her website, Mukherjee spent over 15 years in finance, technology and politics, working at leading firms, such as UBS, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, Bloomberg, IBM, and Silicon Valley startups.
She started volunteering for GOP Congressman Bill Baker (CA-10) while she was at Berkeley. Upon graduation, she joined his campaign as his Campaign Manager and Congressional Aide and was one of the youngest women in the country in these roles. During her tenure, she worked on the signature legislation to fund and extend Bay Area Rapid Transit to San Francisco airport.
A deluge of mail-in votes cast this election amid the coronavirus pandemic — many of which will not be counted tonight — makes this election unlike any in the past. Officials have two weeks post-election to count all provisional votes.
It's important to note, that according to Ed Michalowski, Cook County Deputy Clerk of Elections, online election results do not include 300,000 mail-in votes, 27,000 provisional, 100-150,000 requested, but unprocessed, mail ballots. He told Patch the data scientist team is going to meet Wednesday, and they hope to provide more information about the number of outstanding votes by precinct at some point during the day. This, barring a surge of late-arriving votes, will reveal if the margin exceeds the number of outstanding votes in any of these uncalled races.
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— Patch Editor Jonah Meadows contributed to this report