State Rep. Darlene Senger of Naperville won her hard-fought Republican primary Tuesday and will advance to challenge Democratic incumbent Bill Foster in the 11th Congressional District in the November general election.
With 408 of the 417 precincts reporting, unofficial results show Senger with 37.7 percent of the vote. Chris Balkema of Channahon, Bert Miller of Hinsdale and Ian Bayne of Aurora had 32.4 percent, 26.4 percent and 3.5 percent of the vote, respectively.
Senger said the outcome of the race sent a message that voters in the district want her to repeal Obamacare, find a solution to the nation's budget and deficit problems and change regulations that are killing job creation.
"I ran for this race because every day I wake up I'm represented by someone that believes in bigger government, Obamacare and more regulation," she said. "We're going to change that in November."
Senger, who decided not to seek re-election at the state level to make a bid for the congressional seat, said during the campaign that the Affordable Care Act is "totally destructive and broken" in its current form.
She also said it's not sustainable for the federal government to continue spending more than it takes in.
When asked how she would address spending, Senger said the cost of Medicaid could be reduced if officials solved problems with fraud.
On the issue of the federal minimum wage, Senger said it shouldn't be increased. Instead, she said, the minimum wage isn't as important as workers being able to make enough money to support their families.
While the name of a fifth Republican candidate, Craig Robbins, appeared on the ballot, the Lisle resident dropped out of the race.
The 11th Congressional District includes Naperville, Aurora, Woodridge, Lisle, Darien, Bolingbrook, North Aurora, Plainfield and Joliet.