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Duckworth "Very Confident" in Race Against Walsh

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"I feel fantastic," Tammy Duckworth told reporters after voting Tuesday morning. "We've been working toward this for 17, 18 months now. We've been all over the district talking to all of the voters and my neighbors, and it's time to get to work."

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An "invigorated" Tammy Duckworth exuded confidence as she left the voting booth Tuesday morning in Rolling Meadows.

"I feel fantastic," she told reporters. "We've been working toward this for 17, 18 months now. We've been all over the district talking to all of the voters and my neighbors, and it's time to get to work."

Duckworth, who faces outspoken Republican Rep. Joe Walsh in the 8th congressional district, said her campaigning isn't done yet. She has plans to traverse Addison and Rolling Meadows after starting her day in Elgin with supporters making calls and knocking on doors all the way.

Touting bi-partisan support, Duckworth said, "I'm very confident."

"We've done everything we've possibly can," she said. "We have the people of the district behind us. We stood up to some pretty tough outside money, we were outspent 12 to 1, but we're gonna win this, we're gonna win this one voter at a time, one constituent at a time, because the people of this district deserve someone who's going to represent them in Washington."

Duckworth definitely has some big names backing her, the biggest being President Barack Obama. Duckworth's campaign on Monday released robocalls from Obama stating his support for the veteran: 

"Tammy served our country with valor," the call states. "She was a tireless advocate for veterans as a member of my administration and she will be a powerful voice for the middle class. Now we need her in Congress to fight for good jobs, to improve public education and to strengthen the middle class."

Republican candidate Walsh has called out rival Duckworth for her "deadbeat dad" ad campaign, which refers to Walsh's child support dispute with his ex-wife.

Duckworth cast her ballot Tuesday morning at a polling location in Barrington. 

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