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Newman defeats her GOP challenger in the 3rd District

By Steve Metsch
Marie Newman, a political newcomer in 2018 who honed her campaigning skills over the ensuing two years, has won election as U.S. Representative in the 3rd Congressional District.
Newman — who in the St. Patrick’s Day primary ousted longtime Congressman Dan Lipinski — on Tuesday defeated Republican challenger Mike Fricilone, of Homer Glen, according to unofficial totals from Chicago, suburban Cook County, Will County and DuPage County.
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Unofficial totals have Newman with 124,158 votes (52.7 percent) to Fricilone’s 111,562 votes (47.3 percent).
Newman declared victory around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday on her Facebook page, speaking to supporters through Facebook Live.
“ I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that we have won, the district has won,” said Newman, the first woman elected to represent the 3rd District.
“ Please know how incredibly grateful I am to be working with this district and this amazing group,” she said.
Newman, of La Grange, thanked the “literally thousands of volunteers who put their hearts into this campaign.”
Those volunteers “knocked on hundreds of thousands of doors and made hundreds of thousands of calls,” she said, adding she is proud of the coalition we have built.
Dozens of well-wishers and supporters posted words of congratulations.
In the end, Chicago made the difference for Newman.
Newman received 45,162 votes (64.7 percent) to Fricilone’s 24,680 votes (35.3 percent) from 203 precincts in the city, according to unofficial totals from the Chicago Board of Elections.
Fricilone did win suburban Cook County and Will County, but it was not enough to beat the large lead Newman built in the city.
Fricilone received 63,711 votes (51.8 percent) to Newman’s 59,330 votes (48.2 percent) in unofficial results with 249 of 252 precincts reporting in suburban Cook County, according to the Cook County Clerk’s office.
Fricilone did even better in Will County, where’s he’s been on the county board for eight years. Fricilone worked on the “Build Will” financial plan that has built new county buildings without raising taxes.
He received 22,887 votes (54.1 percent) to Newman’s 19,396 votes (45.9 percent) with all 43 precincts reporting, the Will County Clerk’s office said.
The district has two precincts in DuPage County: Newman had 270 votes to Fricilone’s 284.
In her speech, Newman praised Fricilone “for running a very passionate race and for stepping up to prove that every single one of us in the 3rd District stands against Art Jones and his hate.”
Fricilone said earlier this year that one reason he decided to run for the office was that he could not stomach the idea of Art Jones winning the GOP nomination.
“ He’s out there,” Fricilone, of Homer Glen, said of Jones, a member of the American Nazi Party.
Fricilone on Monday had said he felt confident because he thought many Lipinski supporters would vote Republican because he has a more conservative, pro-life stance, as does Lipinski.
He and his supporters gathered in a restaurant in Homer Glen to watch the results. His cellphone’s voice mail was full late Tuesday. As of 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, he did not reply to a text message seeking comment.
Given the district’s longstanding Democratic history, Newman was considered a prohibitive favorite heading into Election Day.
“ Starting in January, when I an installed as your new representative, I will be focused on pandemic relief and rebuilding our economy with the hard-working families in this district,” Newman said.
“ As we emerge from this crisis and begin to rebuild, we are going to work together to lower health care costs, fight climate change, create new good-paying jobs, to revitalize our transportation and infrastructure systems, and to continue building a strong community for everyone no matter who you are or where you are,” Newman said.
She thanked organized labor for its support, grass roots organizations, and those who endorsed her on the national and local levels.
She also thanked her friends and her “amazing family” for their support.
Health care, income inequality and immigration were the most-discussed issues at the hundreds of meet-and-greets she appeared at on the campaign trail.
Some of the things on Newman’s agenda from her website include: The $15 per hour minimum wage; create a transportation and infrastructure plan to include green jobs and repairs; a progressive tax on “ultra-millionaires;” Medicare for all; reduce prescription prices by allowing purchasing from countries more cost-effective like Canada; and develop a required trades vocational inductor program starting in the seventh grade.
Earlier this year, Newman said “the district needs a real Democrat with a real plan with real solutions,” adding “I’m the real Democrat.”

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