- Jim Oberweis, the Republican challenger for a Home seat in Illinois prematurely declared himself the winner in opposition to the Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood final week.
- Underwood was declared the winner of the race on Thursday.
- Regardless of this, Oberweis attended a Home new member orientation on Friday.
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The Republican challenger to Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood prematurely claimed victory within the race for her Home seat and attended the primary day of latest member orientation, even after Underwood was declared the winner.
Insider and Choice Desk HQ referred to as Underwood the winner final week in her bid in opposition to Jim Oberweis, and in a detailed race, the Associated Press referred to as her the winner on Thursday.
Oberweis declared victory final Wednesday when votes had been nonetheless being counted.
Underwood’s marketing campaign by no means conceded and criticized Oberweis for making a untimely name.
“Jim Oberweis would not get to name this election: the voters do. There are millions of votes which have but to be counted. We recognize each voter who made their voice heard, and our county clerks and election officers should rely each poll in as expeditious and clear a way as is feasible,” Underwood’s marketing campaign mentioned in a press release.
“Primarily based on publicly accessible knowledge, we stay assured that when ballots are counted, this race will replicate that the voters have reelected Congresswoman Lauren Underwood.”
Neither Oberweis’ marketing campaign nor Underwood’s workplace instantly replied to Enterprise Insider’s request for remark.
On Thursday, the day earlier than the brand new member orientation, Underwood, a registered nurse who labored on healthcare coverage for the Obama administration and who’s the youngest Black girl to serve in Congress when she was first elected, formally declared victory within the race.
—Lauren Underwood (@LaurenUnderwood) November 12, 2020
“I am so honored to proceed to characterize our group’s values in Congress. Thanks for all your help,” she mentioned.