As of 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, it looked as if Lauren Underwood was cruising to victory in the race for the Democratic nomination in the 14th Congressional District.
Underwood, a public health nurse from Naperville, appears likely to face off with Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, in November, according to unofficial voting totals within the 14th District.
Underwood is the only woman in the race, having shared the Democratic ballot with six men, and is hoping to become the first woman to represent the district.
Overall, Underwood had almost 58 percent of the vote with 74 percent of precincts reporting as of 9:45 p.m. With all 65 precincts in DeKalb County reporting, Underwood gathered 57 percent of the vote. With 38 percent of precincts in McHenry County reporting, Underwood collected 56 percent of the vote. She maintained similar leads in at least three of the four other counties of the 14th District.
Underwood, who has a pre-existing heart condition, has said she’s running because of Hultgren’s vote on health care. Hultgren voted in favor of the Paul Ryan-backed American Health Care Act in May; the measure failed to pass Congress.
“I felt betrayed, and I think he needs to be held accountable for that action,” Underwood said in September of Hultgren’s vote.
Underwood’s media team did not immediately respond to a request for comment before press time.
Matt Brolley, the mayor of Montgomery, was in second at 9:45 p.m. with about 13 percent of the vote. Brolley, whose wife’s family is from Mexico, said he has faced questions from his children about Trump.
Brolley stressed that he grew up in Boulder Hill and has lived in the area for most of his life.
In third place was Jim Walz, of Gurnee, with almost 10 percent of the vote.
Two years ago, Walz edged his Democratic opponent for the nomination for the 14th Congressional District, only to lose in a landslide to Hultgren that fall.