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Rep. Davis to face Betsy Dirksen Londrigan in general election

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan of Springfield has won the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis. (WRSP)

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan of Springfield has won the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis.

Londrigan fought off four competitors to win the chance to deny Davis a fourth term. Davis was unopposed in the GOP primary for the 13th District.

Londrigan says she'll fight to protect affordable health care, inspired by a life-threatening illness that required her son to spend 24 days in a hospital before he recovered.

The Democrats were led in fundraising by Erik Jones, of Edwardsville, a former assistant attorney general. Also on the ballot were Bloomington physician David Gill, Jon Ebel, a University of Illinois religion professor and only military veteran in the race; and teacher Angel Sides of Springfield.

Londrigan released the following statement on the race,

“It has been a joy to have spent the past 9 months and 28,000 miles connecting with voters and being welcomed into their homes to talk about the issues they care about, and I’m excited that the journey continues tomorrow. I want to thank the other Democrats who stepped up to run – each of them brought important perspectives to the race and I’m looking forward to working with them to beat Rodney Davis in November.
Now it’s time to shift the focus to Rodney Davis and hold him accountable for voting to make Central Illinois families pay more for less with their health care. This district deserves a representative who is responsive to our needs and advocates for our priorities by putting our community ahead of Washington politics and special interests. I am dedicated to the fight for affordable accessible health care, creating good paying jobs, and crafting solutions that work for our students, and this November we take that fight to the ballot box.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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