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Election 2012: Did Suburban Cook and Will Counties Choose Peloquin or Rush?

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush hung on to his 1st Congressional District seat for another two years, but did his new constituents south and southwest of city get behind him in the election?

Democrat Bobby Rush will continue to serve as the 1st Congressional Representative, even after redistricting included more municipalities further from Chicago.

But most of the townships where his new constituents live did not vote for him.

Don Peloquin, the mayor of Blue Island who ran against Rush as a Republican, won all but two of the suburban Cook County and Will County townships, including many of the new areas now included in the 1st District. Only Calumet and Thornton townships placed more votes for Rush in suburban Cook County and Will County.

Chicago precincts were a different story, with Rush receiving 181,032 votes compared to 6,574 votes for Peloquin.

Here are the vote counts from suburban Cook and Will counties, and by townships.

County Results

County  Bobby Rush (D) Don Peloquin (R) Cook 39,656 44,852 Will 11,268 29,363
Total 50,924 74,215

Township Results

Township Bobby Rush (D) Don Peloquin (R) Bremen 13,983 16,024 Calumet 5,728 893 Orland 6,330 12,194 Palos 314 1,053 Rich 637 849 Thornton 427 136 Worth 12,237 13,703 Frankfort 6,756 18,187 Green Garden 317 1,408 Jackson 502 1,032 Manhattan 1,116 2,640 New Lenox 2,304 6,789 Total 50,924 74,215

Sources: Cook and Will county clerks' offices

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A.J November 10, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I never vote by party as so many do, I vote for only for the ones I know and leave the rest blank so the people that know that persons pick the right ones, I never vote by color but by record and what will help my family I feel. So many vote wrong, By party, ect. Thats why so many wrong ones get into office, please pick the right one, thats why instead of us havin lower taxes and more for our tax dollar we have less.
John P. Miner November 10, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Voted straight DEM party Wont vote for rush next time. he will be beat by another DEM anyway.. Rush is not a friendly person. Plus I had folks come to me and say. Rush is our district? I said yeah.. who knew! Not next time
LS November 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM
It just show the new redistricting is so full of it. All done by IL politics and machines at it worst.
Chris November 11, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I guess the prison rehab program works for Illinois politicians. If you find this comment inappropriate, remember the 1st amendment. I can say what I want. and you don't need to agree. Life is tough, when you hear the truth. The Illinois politics are that well-oiled maching, starting the the corrupt Madigan and works it'sway down.
Darnell November 11, 2012 at 06:43 PM
How can ANY viable candidate pose a TRUE DEMOCRATIC Challenge to Rush when the Fed's have redrawn our District's boundaries so that the racial ethnicity favors an African American Candidate. Below are the ethnic statistics! 29.5% White, 65.5% Black, 1.4% Asian, 4.8% Hispanic, 0.2% Native American, 1.4% other. The district is the one of 40 of the smallest in the nation 5th in Illinois and has the highest percentage of African-American residents of any congressional district in the nation, it also includes the home of President Barack Obama. It has been represented in Congress by an African America since 1929. It has not elected any other party candidate since 1932. This is DEMOCRACY? This is plain and simple just keeping the balance of power in one party's favor! This District, Crook County AND Illinois are no longer Democracies,,they have become Monarchies!
Elizabeth Codo November 14, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Why is it the one with the popular vote NEVER wins? It has happened to both the democratic and republican parties- Gore, Romney, and now Peloquin? I, along with others (obviously), wanted Rush out of office. Doesn't it make sense to put the one with the popular vote in office?
laura November 14, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Elizabeth, Obama won the popular vote as well as the electora. Pls see http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/national.php Popular Vote Electoral Vote Barack H. Obama Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Democratic 62,149,499 50.55% 332 61.7% Willard Mitt Romney Paul Ryan Republican 58,789,815 47.82% 206 38.3%
Michael M. November 16, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Laura-What does Obama have to do with the 1st district congressional vote? Elizabeth is talking about Rush/Peloquin, which was decided by popular vote.
laura November 19, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Michael, please re-read Elizabeth's comment: "It has happened to both the democratic and republican parties- Gore, Romney, and now Peloquin? " SHE mentioned Gore & Romney. So, unless they both have doppelgangers, she clearly meant it has quite a bit "to do" with the Presidential election issues as well as local. Cheers!

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