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Tammy Duckworth Wins Illinois Senate race

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Tammy Duckworth has defeated incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk.


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Duckworth is a second-term congresswoman who once led the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the Associated Press.

Democrats have had Illinois penciled in the "win" column for months as they mapped a strategy to win back control of the Senate. Kirk is only the second Republican to represent Illinois in the Senate in more than three decades.

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