September 13, 2020 | News | No Comments
Sean Casten, a clean-energy executive, pulled off a major upset Tuesday, unseating six-term GOP Rep. Peter Roskam Peter James RoskamLobbying world House votes to temporarily repeal Trump SALT deduction cap Feehery: How Republicans can win back the suburbs MORE in Illinois’s 6th Congressional District.
It was one of the most hotly-contested races in the country, with Democrats making the seat one of their top targets.
The wealthy suburban Chicago district has traditionally leaned red and Roskam handily won reelection in 2016. But the district also voted for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE by 7 points that year.
Polls showed Casten with a slight edge over the incumbent in the days leading up to the vote. The Cook Political Report also put the race in the “Lean Democratic” column and Democrats outspent Republicans in the race.
In an election that has widely been seen as a referendum on President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, Roskam also found himself under attack over his role in helping pass the Republican tax law. Roskam sits on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which writes tax laws.
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