Gill concedes 13th District race to Davis

Gill concedes 13th District race to Davis

BLOOMINGTON — Almost 70 hours after polls closed, Democrat David Gill Friday night conceded the 13th Congressional District race to Republican Rodney Davis.

It is the fourth futile attempt in four tries by the Bloomington emergency room physician, who also lost to U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, in 2010 (64 percent to 36 percent), in 2006 (58 percent to 42 percent) and in 2004 (61 percent to 39 percent) in the old 15th Congressional District.

This race, though, in a new, more Democratic district that arced from Champaign-Urbana southwest to the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis, was much closer.

Tuesday's results, which are unofficial and which will change once absentee and provisional ballots from all 14 counties in the district are counted, showed Davis with 136,596 votes to Gill's 135,309. Independent John Hartman of Edwardsville got 21,241.

"My exhausted campaign team has completed a county by county analysis of outstanding provisional and absentee ballots in the 13th Congressional District, as well as some precinct-based anomalies in ballot returns and turnout," Gill said in a statement released by his campaign late Friday afternoon.

"The closeness of this race (less than 1/2 percentage point) demanded that we diligently check the numbers. I am very grateful for the dedicated work of my campaign staff to go through this data in the last few days, and for the cooperation of election officials in each of the 14 counties.

"It has become clear to me, based on the numbers I've seen, that there are simply not enough uncounted ballots remaining to wipe out the current 1,287-vote deficit I face in this election."

In less than 30 minutes, Davis' campaign issued its own statement, thanking "David Gill for the passion with which he campaigned. I appreciate that he has forgone dragging this out further with his concession this evening."

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johnny wrote on November 09, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Kudos to Gill for conceding graciously and sparing the district a stressful yet fruitless recount.  Maybe he will run again and win.

Joe American wrote on November 09, 2012 at 10:11 pm

.....or maybe he'll just take up a hobby that he succeeds at.

jms wrote on November 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

I'm sorry that Dr. Gill didn't win, and sorry that Davis did. He would have been a good representative. Instead, we have a neo-con tea party guy.

Joe American wrote on November 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

I'll see your Tea Party Patriot and raise you one defeated socialist Obama puppet.

rsp wrote on November 10, 2012 at 10:11 am

Next time Davis will have to run on his own record and not rely just on slander. 

alabaster jones 71 wrote on November 11, 2012 at 6:11 am
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Nice job, jms and Joe.  You managed to fit six meaningless, demagoguing labels into only two short posts.

You should both consider a career in political punditry.  Your unquestioning, nuance-free perspectives might really bring you success there.

jms wrote on November 11, 2012 at 7:11 am

I'm just going with what Davis said in his ads: repeal the socialist obamacare, very caught up in women's reproductive rights, etc. The lack of nuance is his own.


Mark Taylor wrote on November 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Yeah, but you dared to point out his lack of nuance -- that opens you up to above the fray criticism from the super sophisticated viewpoint of calling everyone else poopy heads.