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Neil Anderson Defeats Mike Jacobs

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Neil Anderson, a Moline firefighter, has been selected to represent Illinois’ 36th Senate District.

With all precincts reporting, Anderson- running for the Republican Party- had 54% of the vote, 35,872 votes.  The incumbent, Senator Mike Jacobs, had 46% of the vote.

When he announced he would be running for State Senator, Anderson said it was time for new leadership, new energy and a new direction.

“I am not a politician, I am just a dad that wants to take the fight to Springfield and challenge the status quo,” Anderson said.

During Jacobs' concession speech, he noted that he believes the attack ads made a negative impact.

"I think the negative ads in this campaign were wrong," Jacobs said. "I do want to congratulate my opponent Neil Anderson. I wish him luck."

Jacobs has served as state senator of the 36th District of Illinois since 2005, according to the Illinois Senate Democrats’ website. Jacobs' father Denny, served as the Illinois State Senator of the district from 1987-2005. Together, both Jacobs have served in the Illinois State Senate for the past 27 years.

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Neil Anderson celebrates victory

Neil Anderson celebrates victory over Mike Jacobs. WQAD Photo by John David @JohnDavidWQAD


  • Mary Rohm

    Congrats Neil! Persistence definitely paid off! So happy for you and your family. I know you’ll represent us well!

  • mnovak

    mike did do a lot of things for his district especially the new WIU campus in Moline. problem was mike seemed to do a lot for mike. neil sure talked the talk. lets hope he can walk it given all the things the qc is still pushing for.

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