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United States Senate election in Illinois, 2008

The 2008 United States Senate election in Illinois was held on November 4, 2008. Incumbent Democratic United States Senator Dick Durbin, seeking a third term in the United States Senate, faced minimal opposition from physician Steve Sauerberg. As expected, Durbin overwhelmingly won re-election and defeated Sauerberg in a landslide.

United States Senate election in Illinois, 2008
Illinois
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Nominee Dick Durbin Steve Sauerberg
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 3,615,844 1,520,621
Percentage 67.84% 28.53%

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County Results

U.S. Senator before election

Dick Durbin
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Dick Durbin
Democratic

Contents

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dick Durbin (Incumbent) 1,653,833 100.00%
Total votes 1,653,833 100.00%

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Steve Sauerberg, physician
  • Andy Martin, perennial candidate
  • Mike Psak, trucker and perennial candidate

ResultsEdit

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Sauerberg 395,199 55.62%
Republican Andy Martin 240,548 33.85%
Republican Mike Psak 74,829 10.53%
Total votes 710,576 100.00%

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

Durbin won re-election with the best margin of his career. Durbin won all but four of the states counties.

United States Senate election in Illinois, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Dick Durbin (Incumbent) 3,615,844 67.84% +7.51%
Republican Steve Sauerberg 1,520,621 28.53% -9.49%
Green Kathy Cummings 119,135 2.24% 0.00%
Libertarian Larry A. Stafford 50,224 0.94% -0.70%
Constitution Chad N. Koppie 24,059 0.45% 0.00%
Majority 2,095,223 39.31% +17.00%
Turnout 5,329,884
Democratic hold Swing

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Ballots Cast". Elections.il.gov. February 5, 2008. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 4, 2008" (PDF). Clerk.house.gov. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 

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