Illinois House 51st District Race Separated by 1 Vote

Two tight races in Illinois proved just how much every vote matters Tuesday.

In the 51st Illinois House District, Republican Helene Miller Walsh held a narrow, one-vote lead over Democrat Mary Edly-Allen as of Wednesday morning.

While all precincts were reported, it remained unclear if the race had been called for Miller Walsh.

The Lake County district’s seat was in play after former Rep. Nick Sauer, a Republican, resigned over allegations he posted explicit photos of his ex-girlfriend online to lure other men into sexual conversations.

Local party officials appointed Helene Miller Walsh – wife of conservative firebrand and former congressman Joe Walsh – to fill the vacancy. While the district has trended Republican for years, Hillary Clinton won it by nearly 7 points, providing an opening for Edly-Allen.

A similar ballot situation surfaced in the 21st Illinois Senate District, where Republican incumbent Michael Connelly and challenger Laura Ellman were separated by 12 votes.

Connelly held the slim lead in the district that represents parts of DuPage and Will counties.

It remained unclear if the race had been called for him as of Wednesday morning, however.

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