State Sen. Ron Sandack won a close race for the Republican nomination in Tuesday's primary to serve in the newly created 81st House District.
With 100 percent of votes counted in DuPage and Will counties, Sandack received 54 percent of the vote to Debbie Boyle's 46 percent.
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"She ran a stealth campaign and didn't appear before the media or editorial boards, but she was bankrolled by a group that financed her. They hit me late with ugly untrue mailers and picked up enough votes to make it close at the end," he said Tuesday night. "(Boyle) called tonight and I told her I did not appreciate the way she ran her campaign and I'll be talking to her about that offline."
There currently is no Democrat running for the seat. Sandack said he knows the Democrats can still appoint someone but he has turned his focus back to Springfield.
"I'm going to continue doing my Senate job until the time comes to turn my attention to November," he said. "I'm confident I'll defeat whoever they throw in front of me and I'll go on to serve the people of the 81st District as we work to continue our reform of Springfield."
The newly drawn district includes parts of Lisle, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Downers Grove, Woodridge, and Darien.