In a race that mirrored the presidential contest for much of the election polling cycle, voters returned Democrat Bill Foster to Congress in Illinois' new 11th District.
Foster and his Republican opponent Judy Biggert stayed in a statistical dead heat for most of the contest until voters decided the issue Tuesday night. Biggert conceded the contest just before 10 p.m.
"Representing the people of this area has been the great honor of my lifetime," Biggert said in a written statement. "I can never thank them enough for their kindnesses toward me, their generosity with their ideas, their patience when we don't see eye-to-eye, and their deep love of community and country."
Illinois Democrats drew the boundaries of the new 11th District to favor a Democrat by what many predicted to be at least 6 percentage points. Foster also had the benefit of President Barack Obama at the top of the ballot, a factor that benefitted many Illinois Democrats four years ago as well as Tuesday night.