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Illinois Primary: Iraq Vet Likely Dem. Nominee in 6th District

Rahm Emanuel, the House Democrats' campaign chief, must be happy this morning. With 98-plus percent of the vote counted, it appears that his hand-picked candidate -- Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth -- has narrowly won the Democratic primary in the 6th District, the seat being vacated by Rep. Henry Hyde (R). Duckworth defeated 2004 nominee Christine Cegelis and will face state Sen. Peter Roskam (R) in the fall general election. Here's The Post's latest file on the primary.

Over in the 8th District, Republicans picked David McSweeney to challenge first-term Rep. Melissa Bean (D). The GOP believes this seat is a prime pick-up opportunity in a year when Democrats appear to have the edge nationally.

As expected, Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) will face Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka (R) in the general election.

By Editors  |  March 22, 2006; 8:49 AM ET
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I am glad that Duckworth won the primary and will win the general election. She is a fine American candidate who served this country with her heart and soul. Only if my party let another good American Paul Hackett to compete in the primary and win then we would have a broader national amount of good vets running for office.

Posted by: PopulistDemocrat | March 23, 2006 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Melissa Bean has done an excellent job of representing that district and she will be re-elected quite easily. I think she gets 54 percent (at a minimum).

Posted by: Jason | March 22, 2006 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Duckworth is a fine candidate but the party machine was heavy handed with Cegelis as they were with Paul Hackett. At least they didn't prevent Cegelis from raising money as they did with Hackett.

Posted by: Intrepid Liberal Journal | March 22, 2006 12:56 PM | Report abuse

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