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Article updated: 11/7/2012 1:08 AM

Murphy cruises to another term in Illinois Senate

State Sen. Matt Murphy

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Republican state Sen. Matt Murphy has earned another term in the Illinois General Assembly, easily defeating Democratic challenger David Page in Tuesday's election, according to unofficial results.

With all precincts reporting, Murphy had 55,586 votes, about 61 percent of the total, to Page's 36,052 votes.

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"Personally, I really feel good about the outcome in my race," Murphy said. "I'm very grateful to the people of this area who have given me a chance to serve and represent them in the senate for a few more years."

Murphy, a Palatine lawyer first elected to the seat in 2006, didn't face a primary challenger in March. No Democrats ran in the primary, so the party over the summer slated Page, the president of the Arlington Heights Elementary School District 25 school board, to challenge Murphy.

Murphy said his primary goal going into his next term will be to address the state's financial woes.

"The focus is going to be what I had said during the campaign, to try to get the budget under control, get the debts paid down, reform the pension system and do anything I can to reduce taxes," he said.

While Murphy was happy with his win, he said he wished other Republicans in Illinois had gained ground against what he said is a difficult majority in Springfield.

The 27th Senate District includes parts of Arlington Heights, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Inverness, Palatine, Wheeling, Prospect Heights and South Barrington.

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