PEORIA, IL–Darin LaHood won the election for the 18th Congressional District this evening reporting a 70-30 margin at 9:45 p.m. CT, winning his fourth election in 16 months. Tonight’s win earns LaHood his first full-term in Congress after winning in a special election in September 2015.
“Our electoral process is one of the things that makes America exceptional,” said LaHood. “Every two years we have a chance to go to the ballot box and chose our leaders — and today, the voters have spoken. I look forward to getting back to work in Washington D.C. for a full-term to represent central and west-central Illinois on the issues and priorities that we are facing here at home,” stated LaHood.
“I have spoken with my opponent, Dr. Junius Rodriguez, and I thank him for his willingness to put his name on the ballot and stand before the voters of this district. It is a lot of work to run for office, and his effort should be recognized.”
“With this election behind us, I believe we have a chance to stand united going forward. I remain committed to finding common ground on priorities that encourage a growing economy and support our hard working families, farmers, small business owners, tradesman, and those men and women who protect our communities. Lastly, we need to work across the aisle to incorporate more accountability and transparency in government from instituting term limits for legislators, protecting the Constitution, and reforming Congress so it once again works for “…we the people…” I am grateful for the continued support and your trust in me to represent you in Congress. I look forward to the work ahead.”