Final vote tally from Nov. 6 fails to change any outcomes
URBANA — Democratic candidates gained in Tuesday's official canvass of the Nov. 6 election results in Champaign County, but not enough to change the outcome of any races.
Officials tabulated 724 provisional and late-arriving absentee ballots Tuesday morning at the county clerk's office and, in almost every case, Democratic candidates benefited.
In the 13th Congressional District race, for example, Democrat David Gill picked up 360 votes while his Republican opponent, Congressman-elect Rodney Davis, added 158, a net gain of 202 for Gill in Champaign County.
Although unofficial tallies have had Gill trailing Davis by 1,287 votes districtwide, the gain in Champaign County — Gill's best county — isn't enough to affect the outcome. Gill also got a net gain of 42 votes in Sangamon County's canvass on Tuesday. Champaign and Sangamon were two of the three counties — out of 14 in the district — that Gill won.
Final, official results in selected races in Champaign County:
— President Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney, 40,831 to 35,312, or 51.94 percent to 44.92 percent.
— In the 13th District race, Gill beat Davis in Champaign County, 31,108 to 20,034, or 56.73 percent to 36.54 percent. Independent John Hartman got 6.73 percent.
— In the 15th Congressional District race, Republican U.S. Rep. John Shimkus had 14,517 votes to 6,283 for Democratic challenger Angela Michael.
— In the 52nd Illinois Senate race, Democratic incumbent Mike Frerichs had 34,314 to 17,331 for Republican challenger John Bambenek. Frerichs got 66.44 percent of the votes.
— In the 103rd Illinois House race, state Rep. Naomi Jakobs-son, D-Urbana, got 22,276 votes to 9,918 for Republican Rob Meister, or 69.2 percent to 30.8 percent.
— In the 104th House race, incumbent Rep. Chad Hays, R-Catlin, got nearly 59 percent of the vote against Democratic challenger Michael Langendorf of Urbana. The official vote total was 10,910 for Hays and 7,639 for Langendorf.
— The closest countywide race was for circuit clerk where Republican Katie Blakeman defeated Democrat Barbara Wysocki, 50.97 percent to 49.03 percent. Blakeman won by 1,392 votes out of more than 71,000 cast.
— In the race for county auditor, Republican John Farney got 36,602, or 51.43 percent, to 34,566, or 48.57 percent, for Democrat George Danos.
— Republican County Clerk Gordy Hulten got 39,589 votes to 33,176 for Democrat Charlie Smyth, or 54.41 percent to 45.59 percent.
— Republican Recorder of Deeds Barb Frasca got 40,941 votes to 29,696 for Democratic challenger D'Anne Winston.
The official results show that 78,939 votes were cast in Champaign County in the general election, a turnout of 69.9 percent. The percentage was up slightly from the 2008 presidential election in Champaign County, although the actual number of votes cast was almost 6,000 fewer.
And 20,044 of those votes cast this fall — or 25.4 percent — were either absentee or early votes.