CHICAGO (AP) – Former Vice President Joe Biden won the Illinois Democratic primary for president Tuesday, widening his lead over rival Bernie Sanders to 1,153-861 in an election complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden additionally won in Florida, which along with Arizona held its primary Tuesday. Ohio delayed in-person voting until June amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Also on the Illinois ballot were primaries for congressional office, including a rematch where progressive Marie Newman defeated Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski for a Chicago-area seat previously held by Lipinski’s father. Lipinski, one of the most conservative members of Congress, was the first incumbent House member to lose a primary this election cycle.
Dr. Paul Jacobs, optometrist and consultant for Von Jakob Winery, led by just under 200 votes against farmer and Jefferson County Board member John Howard in the Republican Primary for the 115th District of the Illinois House of Representatives. The race remains too close to call.