When a win is not a win

Ex-Army Pilot Gets Ill. House Nomination
By DENNIS CONRAD, Associated Press Writer
March 22, 2006

Tammy Duckworth, a former Army helicopter pilot who lost both legs in a grenade attack in Iraq, is now leading the charge for the Fighting Democrats.

Duckworth narrowly won the Democratic nomination for Congress in a primary race Tuesday for the House seat held by Republican Rep. Henry Hyd, who is retiring after 32 years. She is the best-known of the Iraq war veterans who want to go to Capitol Hill this year.

In November, Duckworth will face state Sen. Peter Roskam, a well-to-do lawyer and conservative from Wheaton who ran unopposed in the GOP primary. Roskam also drew support from Vice President Dick Cheney, who helped with a fundraiser that brought in an estimated $200,000.

These are the results from Dupage and Cook counties, which comprise the 6th District of Illinois. Notice how many votes the Republican received compared to the Democrats-

Peter J. Roskam REP 49,957
Total Republican votes: 49,957

Christine Cegelis 12,939
Lindy Scott 5,038
L. Tammy Duckworth 14,019
Total Democrat votes: 31,996

Democrats have a huge uphill climb to win this district, as they were outpolled by 18,000 in the primary. This shows there is no "energy" or "rage" in this district toward Republicans (the Republican base would have stayed home if there were, especially with an uncontested race for the Republican nomination, and Democrats would have come out to vote in huge numbers), which signals bad signs for the Dems in November.

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