Rodney Davis wins tight congressional race

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TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (WAND) –  Incumbent Rodney Davis declared victory on Tuesday night in a close congressional race.

Numbers from The Associated Press showed Davis with 50.3 percent of the vote. He managed to hold off Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (D) to claim another term in the 13th Congressional District. Numbers were all in on Wednesday morning showing Davis as the close winner, with 135,680 total votes in his favor.

Londrigan had as much as 49.7 percent of the vote in her favor late Tuesday. She had a message about making health care affordable and ensuring people with pre-existing conditions could be covered.

She issued a statement Wednesday after conceding.

"While this outcome was not the one we had hoped for, it has been one of the greatest honors of my life to spend the last 16 months in this race. I put over 60,000 miles on my car, traveling across Central Illinois and meeting with thousands of hard working people," Londrigan said. "We focused on issues that matter most to our neighbors and communities -- like access to quality and affordable health care and protections for those with pre-existing conditions."

In his victory speech, Davis talked about the close race he went through. 

"I want to congratulate my opponent on a well-run race," he said. "This was a hard-fought campaign and I know that everybody on both sides wanted their candidate to win." 

Davis’ message on the campaign trail was all about the economy and the “pro-growth reforms” he wants to see. He also pointed out low unemployment numbers in the state.

Vice President Mike Pence campaigned for Davis during an appearance in Illinois during the last month.

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