A month after the primary, one of the two Democrats vying for the 13th Congressional District nomination has conceded — the latest development in an unusual race.
Greene County State’s Attorney Matt Goetten conceded the Democratic primary Friday to Dr. David Gill of Bloomington.
Also on Friday, the Illinois State Board of Elections certified the March 20 primary vote: 15,536 for Gill and 15,373 for Goetten, who lost by 163 votes or 0.19 percent of the vote.
Initial results placed Goetten fewer than 50 votes away from Gill. While Gill claimed victory, Goetten did not concede, stating he wanted to wait until all votes were counted, including absentee and overseas ballots.
The newly drawn 13th District stretches from Champaign-Urbana across the state to Madison County, including cities such as Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Maryville and parts of Collinsville.
Republican party leaders in the counties represented by the new 13th District will choose a candidate to replace Johnson, but have not named one yet.
Six possible GOP nominees have expressed interest in replacing Johnson: real estate developer David Paul Blumenshine of Bloomington; state Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington; Jerry Clarke, Johnson’s former chief of staff; Rodney Davis, aide to U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville; state Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon; and Mike Tate, CEO of Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois.