In one of the tightest races in recent memory, Bloomington Doctor David Gill (pictured) beat Matthew Goetten for the Democratic nomination to win 13th Congressional District. Gill claimed victory in the hours following the election, but Goetten refused to admit defeat until Friday, when the Illinois State Board of Elections vertified the vote.
The final tally actually showed a greater margin of victory for Gill, who beat Goetten by 163 votes. The National Democratic Party has its eyes on the 13th Congressional District as one of the seats the party could pick up. The dynamics of the district have changed thanks to the redistricting process and Dr. David Gill says he's depending on independent and moderate voters to send him to Washington, D.C
Gill does not know who his Republican opponent will be yet. Incumbent Congressman Tim Johnson won his party's primary, but announced his retirement in the following days. The announcement leaves the GOP searching for a possible successor. The final say will be left up to 14 GOP county chairmen in the 13th, who are in charge of selecting a new candidate.