In a surprise upset, Illinois’ 8th district incumbent Representative, Democrat Melissa Bean, conceded to Tea Party-backed Republican Joe Walsh after losing by less than 300 votes. From the Chicago Sun Times:

By a margin of 291 votes out of more than 200,000 cast, GOP challenger Joe Walsh emerged Tuesday as the winner over U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean in their nail-biting 8th District congressional race.

Bean, a three-term Democrat, made the results official late Tuesday, conceding the contest after calling Walsh to congratulate him on his upset victory.

Bean was a member of the Blue Dog caucus and the New Democrat Coalition. Bean voted in support of President Obama’s health care reform; she was one of only 15 Democrats to support the Central American Free Trade Act (CAFTA), and one of only four Dems to side with Republicans against the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

With this contest finally over, there are now only five undecided House races. In two of the races, CA-11 and CA-20, the Democrats currently hold the lead while in the other three, NY-01, NY-25, TX-27, the Republicans are ahead in the vote count.

Outgoing Rep. Melissa Bean (D IL-08)

In a surprise upset, Illinois’ 8th district incumbent Representative, Democrat Melissa Bean, conceded to Tea Party-backed Republican Joe Walsh after losing by less than 300 votes. From the Chicago Sun Times:

By a margin of 291 votes out of more than 200,000 cast, GOP challenger Joe Walsh emerged Tuesday as the winner over U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean in their nail-biting 8th District congressional race.

Bean, a three-term Democrat, made the results official late Tuesday, conceding the contest after calling Walsh to congratulate him on his upset victory.

Bean was a member of the Blue Dog caucus and the New Democrat Coalition. Bean voted in support of President Obama’s health care reform; she was one of only 15 Democrats to support the Central American Free Trade Act (CAFTA), and one of only four Dems to side with Republicans against the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

With this contest finally over, there are now only five undecided House races. In two of the races, CA-11 and CA-20, the Democrats currently hold the lead while in the other three, NY-01, NY-25, TX-27, the Republicans are ahead in the vote count.

Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com

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