I have to admit, I was feeling pretty good last night while making the rounds of the election night parties, that is, until the Early Vote totals got dumped in at the end on the Lake County Clerk's website. I guess I won't complain anymore that Willard has taken all the suspense out of election night since she gets the vote totals in so soon. I guess since there is now so much early voting, nothing is for sure until we see the whole enchilada.
In any event, it wasn't all bad -- the Lake County Board is solidly Republican, although David Barkhausen's loss was a little unexpected. Also, Joe Neal's loss to Melinda Bush was a tough one. Add in Friedman losing to Morrison, Mathias losing to Sente, and Cole losing to Yingling, it all contributes to what is now a veto-proof majority for the Dems in both the state House and Senate. Well, Illinois, if you liked the direction the state was headed before, you're going to LOVE it now. Thanks, folks.
On the bright side, Mike Nerheim won State's Attorney, and Keith Brin won Circuit Court Clerk; Mary Ellen Vanderventer's win over Bob Bednar was no surprise, but I really thought that Steve Newton was going to prevail over Dem Thomas Rudd for Coroner.
Don Castella got crushed by Terry Link, but I really respect Don for giving it a go and hanging in there. I've been resigned to the fact that we're not going to defeat Link in that district ever since Keith Gray failed to pull it off in the face of Link's massive petition scandal a few years back.
My friend Dan Shanes won for Circuit Judge, as did Tom Schippers. Pat Fix won over Lou Berrones in a squeaker.
And, of course, the biggest tragedy (besides the Presidential race, of course), is that Congressman Bob Dold was narrowly defeated by lackluster candidate Brad Schneider. That guy better have a bang-up freshman year or he's going to get crushed in the next primary by any other Dem with a pulse.
This will be the first time since this Tenth District Blog's inception that we do not have a Republican leading the 10th District. But, hey, Ellen persevered for years as an opposition watchdog, so that's the role I guess we will have to assume here.
Of course, now that the election has been over for all of 12 or 14 hours, it's now time to look ahead to 2014, and see how the Illinois Governor and Durbin senate seat races are going to evolve.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more...