IL-14 UPDATE: Final Canvassed Vote Count, Discovery Recount & Presidential Comparison

Jim Oberweis
Lauren Underwood  203,20950.7%
Jim Oberweis  197,83549.3%
TOTAL  401,044 
Source: Official returns from the 7 county clerks in the 14th district

From the congressional campaign of Jim Oberweis November 19:

Jim Oberweis issues statement on final vote tally and upcoming discovery recount

Sugar Grove, IL โ€“ Jim Oberweis, candidate for Congress in the 14th District, is issuing the following statement on the final vote tally and the discovery recount his campaign is seeking.

โ€œThe final vote count to be certified has me down 5,356 [5,374] votes to Lauren Underwood.

“With more than 401,000 votes cast in the race, the difference between my vote total and her vote total is just over 1 percent or roughly 12 votes per precinct.

“Illinois election law has provisions to allow parties in a closely contested race to seek a discovery recount and I intend to pursue the legal avenues afforded to me as a candidate for office.

“In a race this close, we need to be certain the final vote count is correct.

“A discovery recount does not change a single vote, but it does allow us to see if the outcome might change with a full recount.

“The robust turnout for the Nov. 3rd Election in the 14th District is a clear indication of the tremendous interest in this race.

“We owe it to the 400,000 people who voted in this election to do all we can to ensure that the final outcome is the right outcome.โ€

Jim Oberweis statement 11/19/20


McHenry County Blog updated notes: Since the initial publication of this article, 94 additional votes were counted in DuPage and McHenry counties netting Congresswoman Lauren Underwood 18 votes.

As previously reported, state law allows the Oberweis campaign to ask for a discovery recount for up to 115 precincts of the 462 precincts in the 14th congressional district.

The 7 county clerks have posted final certified returns.

Counties’ electoral boards have certified the Official Canvass, and the deadline for certification by the Illinois State Board of Elections is Friday, December 4.

It is anticipated the Oberweis campaign will seek its discovery recount on Wednesday morning, November 25 in the 115 precincts to-be-determined precincts.

Here are the final returns broken out by county.

Additionally, the performance of the major presidential tickets within the 14th district in each county are included:

Lauren Underwood           9,615         5,366         53,966     22,046         27,449         53,625         31,142     203,209
Jim Oberweis           9,902         3,236         51,435     21,747         26,705         60,653         24,157     197,835
TOTAL         19,517         8,602      105,403     43,843         54,154      114,405         55,339     401,044
Biden/Harris           9,731         5,449         55,226     21,972         27,735         53,218         34,415     207,746
Trump/Pence         10,562         3,158         49,951     22,332         25,877         60,465         25,478     197,823
TOTAL         20,293         8,607      105,179     44,304         53,612      113,810         59,933     405,569
Underwood O/U            (116)            (83)         (1,260)              74            (286)               407         (3,273)
Oberweis O/U            (660)               78           1,484         (585)               828               188         (1,321)
Source: Canvassed results from 7 county clerks

As pointed out in comments in previous articles, Oberweis won only two counties: McHenry and DeKalb

The Trump/Pence campaign won 3 counties within the 14th district: McHenry, DeKalb and Kendall.

Please note, all counties except McHenry and Kendall counties have “split precincts”, or voting precincts within multiple congressional districts. The precincts’ entire presidential returns included.

The overperformance within a county of Oberweis and Underwood is displayed, with a positive number meaning “overperformance” over the respective party’s presidential ticket. “Underperformance” is opposite.

Clearly, something is off with Kendall County, since Oberweis lost Kendall by 299 votes, but Trump/Pence won Kendall by 360 votes.

Whether the 61 precincts in the 14th district will be included in the discovery recount remains to be seen.

Jeff Ward

Bonus observation from Geneva-based, 14th district blogger and political consultant Jeff Ward, posted on Oberweis’ campaign Facebook page late last week:

“A 500 vote margin will never significantly change under any form of recount, much less 5,400. Please stop embarrassing yourself and the Republican Party by pressing this farce forward. You lost, plain and simple.

“And please deal with your addiction to running for office because you may be able to win primaries, but you’ll never win a general election beyond State Senate.” 

Jeff Ward, comment on Jim Oberweis congressional Facebook page, 11/19/20


McHenry County Blog will provide updates on the progress of the discovery recount as new information becomes available.


IL-14 UPDATE: Final Canvassed Vote Count, Discovery Recount & Presidential Comparison — 19 Comments

  1. I donโ€™t buy those totals for a New York minute.

    Cheat by mail folks, pure & simple.

    Look at the software!

  2. That’s a decent statement by Oberweis.

    Good to see he’s not resorting to wild conspiracies and hyperbole.

    It is a close election and should be looked at closely, but I do expect him to come up short again.

    He’s just not a winner.

  3. Keep on It O.B.

    I’m sure there is more hidden illegal out there…

  4. Correcting, state law determines the number of 25% of the precincts within the 14th district, using math of number of precincts divided by 4 and drop the fraction. 462 / 4 = 115

    Specific precincts determined by the candidate asking for the discovery recount.

    The leading candidate can also have observers in the county clerks offices to observe the discovery recount, and one would assume Underwood will have observers.

    Once the county clerks publish their respective Official Canvass, the Oberweis campaign will pore over those numbers to target specific precincts in a given county.

    Very likely, precincts with high volume of vote-by-mail ballots will be most likely targeted for discovery recount.

  5. Hopefully this loser won’t be seen or heard from ever again.

    Yes, I voted for him.

    I despise him, but I abhorrent dirty Underpants.

  6. What’s the point?

    Even more Underwood votes will be ‘discovered’.

    Elections have become useless in Illinois.

  7. My guess, the discovery recount at this point will be to prepare for an Oberweis run in 2022, in what will be expected to be a Republican year in a midterm.

    Oberweis has the knowledge he’ll win a primary no matter what the district looks like, and buoyed with surpassing most people’s expectations this year, that’ll bring Oberweis back for a final run.

    There is no Republican who can stop him and he and his people know it.

    Remember, this year Oberweis was only going to run for 3 terms, no reason why he can’t run and serve for two.

  8. Oberweis winning the primary isn’t the issue, because he usually does. ๐Ÿค“

    The issue is winning the general election, which he has only won once. โ˜น๏ธ

  9. Republican primary voters prefer stability in a primary, and Oberweis hasn’t lost a primary since 2006.

    Now, one person who might give Oberweis a challenge in an IL-14 redrawn district if it includes the city of Aurora, and that’s Chris Lauzen, who’ll be 70 in 2022, and no longer Kane County Board chair.

    The Cook Political 1st cut map had all of Aurora, Kane & DuPage portions in the new 14th.

    BTW Eddie, Oberweis’ 2 state senate terms he won generals over the same Democrat opponent.

    Same lady who’s about to be sworn-in as Kane County Board chair next month.

  10. You really need to stop pretending that the Cook Political Report’s map is at all relevant to what the maps will look like.

  11. Many people on this blog have echoed Jeff Ward’s request for Oberweis to get out of politics.

    They say he’s had his chance.

    He blew it.

    He can’t win the big ones, and he isn’t getting any better.

    Perhaps after the state has certified the election results (or sooner) we could learn what John thinks about this request for Oberweis to not run for high office again.

  12. AlabamaShake, as I said when Cook Political first debuted its map (though vague in my comment), it had no basis in reality of IL Democrats remap Mike Madigan (and it will be Madigan) will draw.

    That said, there were many things in the Cook map that will happen, including:

    -Making the 14th more friendly (more Democratic) to Underwood

    -Diluting McHenry County’s influence in any congressional district, chopping McHenry County into 3 districts, two of them baconmandered to stretch into Cook County

    Cook’s Dave Wasserman approached his draft map to draw 17 districts for IL, changing 3 current Trump ’16 districts to Clinton ’16 districts. He used IL-14, along with IL-13 and IL-17.

    What got us here, Oberweis will have name ID anywhere given he’s run statewide 4 times in past 20 years and nobody with possible exception of Chris Lauren, is politically strong enough to beat him nor will be a year from now.

  13. What about the 12,341 votes shifted from O to U in the dominion glitch?

  14. John, yes State Senator Jim Oberweis (R-25) won the general election twice. ๐Ÿ˜

    That state senate district is much smaller than the 14th CD. ๐Ÿ˜

    Yes, Oberweis would win the Republican primary (even if he dies).

    He needs to win the 14th CD General Election to become congressperson, which presumably will be won by incumbent Congressperson Lauren Underwood. ๐Ÿ˜

    Can anyone name a Chicago congressperson who died in a 1960s’ primary and still won?! ๐Ÿ˜

  15. John – Oberweis barely won his primary this year, and was significantly helped by running against other candidates.

    Let’s not overplay his primary success.

    I am also pretty confident that the national GOP will do a lot to try to make sure that Obwerweis never runs in a general election again.

    But even if they don’t, Oberweise will be very beatable in a primary in 2022.

    And, sure, I too am confident that IL14 will be more Democratic after the new maps are drawn, so we agree on something!

  16. Perennial Candidates

    Jane Byrne

    Chicago Mayor
    1979 – won
    1983, 1987 & 1991 – lost

    Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court – 1988 – lost


    Sheila Jones
    Lyndon LaRouche

    An accomplished singer and musician, Jones always lost races for political office.

    D-9 – 1982 & 1992
    D-1 – 1983 & 1984

    US Senate – 1986

    IL Governor – 1994

    Chicago Mayor –
    1983, 1987, 1989 & 1991

    Cook County Recorder of Deeds – 1988


  17. Perennial Candidates

    Ray Wardingley
    “Spanky the Clown”

    Wardingley always lost

    Chicago Mayor –
    1979, 1983, 1987 & 1995

    Chicago Alderperson (19) – 1999

    R-1 – 2000, 2002, 2004 & 2010
    R-3 – 2006

    State Senate – 2008


    Lawrence “Lar” Daly
    *America First”
    Democratic or Republican, depending on mood, but always lost.

    IL Governor –
    1956 & 1964 – Republican

    Chicago Mayor –
    1959 – both parties
    1963 & 1967 – Republican

    US President
    1956 & 1976 – Republican

    America First &
    Tax Cut Parties – 1960

    US Senator
    1942 & 1962 – Democratic
    1950, 1954, 1966, 1970, 1974
    & 1978 – Republican

    (R-7) – 1957 & 1973 –
    (R-13) – 1969


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