Just got around to reading the Northwest Herald’s takes on the election.
The most interesting tidbit was Democratic Party Jack Franks’ comment:
“I think people would be happy with a [nearly] 20-point win.”
Note that reporter Emily Coleman added the “nearly” just like I do when my note taking cannot keep up with a person’s talking.
But Franks apparently said,
“I think people would be happy with a 20-point win.”
I don’t know what time Franks made the comment.
Maybe it was when only 35 of the 73 precincts had reported.
If so, results then showed him getting almost a 20-point win,18.46 when I do the subtraction.
Then mid-day the day after the election, early and absentee votes were added.
The almost final results (only a very few late arriving absentee ballots missing) can be seen below:
In 2010, Republican John O’Neill garnered 36.08% of the vote against Franks.
So, Franks’ margin decreased from 23.92 points to 18.18 points.
Certainly a healthy victory, but indicating some vulnerabilities, it seems to me.
In the slug fest of 2000, when Dr. Tom Salvi took Franks on in Franks’ first re-election attempt the results were
- Salvi – 48.37% (23,476 votes)
- Franks – 51.54% (25,013 votes)
Salvi spent about $168,000. Franks spent a bit over $400,000.
So, to get close to Democrat Franks in this conservative district, one does not have to outspend him.
This year, the House Republican Organization raised money in McHenry County.
But I can see nothing spent to help Steve Reick’s campaign.
[After this article went up, Reick told me that the House Republican Organization paid for the one mailing he had.]
The State Republican Party did allow Reick to save postage by using its postal permit.
In neighboring Lake County, however, the House Republican Organization spent almost $100,000 to elect Rod Drobinski. Locally, State Rep. David McSweeney also contributed $1,000.
Drobinski was running against first-term incumbent Sam Yingling.
The results were close
- Yingling – 51.84% (13,527 votes)
- Drobinski – 48.16% (12,568 votes)