William Enyart, D-Belleville, was elected to the 12th Congressional District, keeping the seat for the Democrats, according to unofficial results from the Associated Press.
With 609 of the 667 precincts reporting in the 12th Congressional District, William Enyart was leading Jason Plummer and Paula Bradshaw Tuesday night.
The latest vote totals:
Jason Plummer (R): 117,362
William Enyart (D): 132,976
Paula Bradshaw (G): 14,882
In the 12th, voters were choosing a successor to longtime U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Belleville), who is retiring.
Plummer, 30, is a Fairview Heights businessman. Enyart, 63, is a Belleville lawyer and retired commander of the Illinois National Guard. Bradshaw, 59, of Carbondale, is a registered nurse.
Enyart took the stage at his campaign party at 10:17 p.m. with his wife, Annette Eckert.
To kick off his victory speech, he said, “The first thing I said I was going to do when I won was kiss my wife.” So Enyart kissed his wife to a round of applause.
Enyart entered the 12th District race in early June, several weeks after Brad Harriman, the winner of the March Democratic primary, had dropped out of the race for health reasons.
Harriman’s exit led a panel of Democratic leaders to convene in late June. They unanimously chose Enyart after interviewing him and six other hopefuls.
“I’m humbled by the support I’ve seen from friends and neighbors across Southern Illinois,” Enyart said. “Thanks to all of you who donated your time, energy and enthusiasm, in just four months we’ve gone from nothing to a winning campaign against a candidate who’s been running for the last four years.”
In Nov. 2010, at age 28, Plummer nearly won Illinois’ lieutenant governor’s race. He won the GOP primary earlier in the year for lieutenant governor after raising $1.44 million, with the bulk of that sum loaned to the Plummer campaign by Plummer and companies linked to his father.
“I want to thank Jason Plummer and Paula Bradshaw for a spirited campaign,” Enyart said. “I look forward to working with them both in the coming years to make Southern Illinois strong.”