UPDATE 11/27: With the long holiday weekend, the earliest the Oberweis campaign can submit a discovery recount request with any of the 7 county clerks is Monday, November 30.
Next Friday, December 4, the Illinois State Board of Elections will officially declare Congresswoman Lauren Underwood the winner, and when/if the Oberweis campaign can prove otherwise in a Court of Law, Underwood will be sworn into a 2nd term in the U.S. House of Representatives on January 3.
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From the congressional campaign of Jim Oberweis November 19:
Jim Oberweis issues statement on final vote tally and upcoming discovery recount
Sugar Grove, IL – 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.
“The 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.”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:
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.
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.