Primary Day: Trump takes Illinois; Foxx ousts Alvarez

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CHICAGO -- Tuesday was Election Day in Illinois.

Officials said voter turnout was steady, but it may not reach the level seen eight years ago when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton faced off in the Democratic presidential primary.

Along with the presidential primary, Illinois voters cast ballots on several state and city-wide elections, including House and Senate primaries, and Cook County state's attorney.

Read below for updates, photos and results from Tuesday night's primaries.

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McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael reports “really long lines” of voters at Illinois State University. She says student voters are turning out in far heavier numbers than in recent years, at least in part because of on-campus campaigning by supporters of Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders. – Associated Press

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In Chicago, early voter turnout did eclipse figures from 2008. About 150,000 people voted early, compared to 81,690 in 2008. Allen thinks that represents a shift in voter behavior, with more voting early instead of voting on Election Day.
-Associated Press

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A tornado watch has been issued for several counties in Illinois and storms are expected as well on Election Night.

Updates and forecast at the Chicago Weather Center

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Andrea Zopp is running in the Democratic race for the U.S. Senate

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Here’s the latest in the race for the Fifth District’s State Representative seat between long-time Democratic incumbent Ken Dunkin and his challenger Juliana Stratton, who has been endorsed by President Obama and other top Democrats.

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Kim Foxx is challenging incumbent Anita Alvarez for Cook County State’s Attorney

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Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez is fighting for her politifcal life in the Democratic Primary. Protesters have demanded her resignation over high profile caes like the police shooting of Laquan McDonald

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In the Democratic Primary Race for the U.S. Senate, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is hoping to beat Andrea Zopp and Napoleon Harris. If she wins, she’s expected to face-off against Republican incumbent Mark Kirk.

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have won the Florida primaries, according to CNN projections at poll closing.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth have won their Illinois primaries to set up closely watched Senate matchup that has been informally underway for months.

The race is expected to be one of the costliest and hardest fought of the November election. Democrats see Kirk’s seat in this typically blue state as one of the party’s best chances to unseat an incumbent as they try to regain control of the U.S. Senate.
Kirk, of Highland Park, defeated Oswego businessman James Marter on Tuesday. Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran from Hoffman Estates, used big advantages in fundraising and name recognition to defeat former Chicago Urban League CEO Andrea Zopp and Napoleon Harris, a state senator and former NFL player from Harvey who owns several suburban Chicago pizza restaurants.
-Associated Press

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Marco Rubio suspends presidential campaign 

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Associated Press: Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic presidential primary in North Carolina.

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Republican Marco Rubio is ending his campaign for the Republican nomination for president after a humiliating loss in his home state of Florida.

Rubio told a crowd in Miami Tuesday that he knows that voters are angry and that there is a hunger for new faces and voices in government.

-Associated Press

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Hillary Clinton wins Democratic presidential primary in Ohio, according to the Associated Press

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich has won the GOP presidential primary in his home state, according to a CNN projection.

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UPDATE: WGN is calling Michael Madigan as the winner of the Democratic primary for state rep., 22nd District.

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BREAKING NEWS: WGN is projecting that Juliana Stratton will defeat incumbent Ken Dunkin in the Democratic primary for 5th Illinois House District.

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BREAKING: Kim Foxx has ousted Anita Alvarez in primary for Cook County state’s attorney

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Donald Trump has won the Republican presidential primary in Illinois.

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Donald Trump wins the Republican presidential primary in North Carolina, widening his lead in the race for the GOP nomination.

— Associated Press

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Longtime U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush has won the Democratic nomination in his bid for a 13th term.

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