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Schneider Declared Winner

WGN calls election for Schneider.

(Updated at 9:35 p.m.) Deerfield’s Brad Schneider thanked supporters and pledged a vigorous fight to win the 10th Congressional District seat as he claimed the Democratic nomination to oppose Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) in the Nov. 6 general election.

“I knew we could do something special,” Schneider said, talking about his decision to run in May. “We did this with character integrity and class.”

Schneider amassed 46.9 percent of the vote to defeat Ilya Sheyman, who had 38.6 percent, John Tree with 8.8 percent and Vivek Bavda with 5.7 percent.

Sheyman, looking tired and disappointed, came down from his room at the Ramada in Waukegan at around 9 p.m. to concede the election and to thank his supports. 

"We came up a little short tonight," Sheyman said. "And for that, it is my responsibility and mine alone." 

He urged his supporters to fight for progressive values even though his candidacy failed. "We want to take the seat back in November," he said. "We came up short, but the fight is not over. We need to fight on to November and beyond."

(Updated at 9:11 p.m.) Brad Schneider has been declared the Democratic nominee to challenge Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) in the Nov. 6 general election, according to WGN.

(Updated at 9 p.m.) With nearly all results counted from election day balloting, Brad Schneider has amassed 11,867 votes to lead Ilya Sheyman by nearly 2,000 tallies while everyone awaits early voting results. Sheyman has 9,713, John Tree 2,070 and Vivek Bavda 1,475.

Brad Schneider campaign manager Jarrod Backous cautioned more than 200 people at Sheyman campaign headquarters against celebrating too early.

“Brad is very happy with the numbers,” Backous said. “We want to make sure every vote is cast.”

State Rep. Karen May (D-Highland Park), who endorsed Schneider Friday after growing tired of negative campaigning by Sheyman, was pleased with what she has seen as she awaits the results with Schneider supporters.

“I think it represents the independent minded voters of the 10th District,” she said.

(Updated at 8:15) With 80 percent of the vote counted in Cook County and 266 of 309 precincts reporting in Lake County, Brad Schneider has taken a better than 2,000 vote lead over Ilya Sheyman, according to a source in at Lake County Democratic headquarters.

Earlier (at 7:42 p.m.) First results of the 10th Congressional District Primary have Deerfield Management consultant  and Waukegan community organizer  neck and neck for the right to face  in the Nov. 6 general election.

Schneider has 4,241 votes, Sheyman 3,918, Long Grove business owner John Tree 858 and Mundelein attorney Vivek Bavda 498, according to the Chicago Tribune. Several experts expect a total turnout of 50,000 votes.

Sheyman campaign manager Annie Weinberg declined to be optimistic early in the evening, saying only that supporters have knocked "thousands of doors" in an effort to get Sheyman elected.

"This has been all about getting a progressive to Washington," Weinberg said. "We want to make sure a progressive goes to congress."

About 150 supporters mingled at the Fireside Lounge in the Ramada Inn at Waukegan, waiting for results. "We are looking at the same web sites everyone else is," one anxious supporter said, smartphone in hand.

Stay tuned to Patch for up to date results.

For most of the campaign advertisements describing some donations Schneider made to Republicans.

 or groups supporting them, the in the contest.

Stretching from Glencoe and Northbrook on the south to the Wisconsin border, the  than the seat Dold won two years ago against Dan Seals.

Though Dold’s Kenilworth home is now located in the 9th District represented by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston),  where the majority of his current constituents live.

The national Democrats have  before Dold took his oath of office.

“We will focus on constituent services,” Dold told a group of supporters at a Republican event in Northfield last summer not long after the new map was passed by the Illinois General Assembly. Dold likes to point out he is considered one of the more moderate Republicans in Congress.

Dan C March 21, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Looks like the polls were wrong and I was right that this is a moderate district and will elect a moderate candidate.
Stuart Tindall March 21, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Now let's all agree that any Democrat is better than Dold.
Elliott Hartstein March 21, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Now it's time for the entire Democratic team to come together to put the tenth district back in the Democratic column after 32 years
RC March 21, 2012 at 06:08 AM
It's pretty sad that the 10th district could only come up with 23,872 total votes between 4 candidates. When Congressman Dold (not running against anyone) came up with 28,876. Even with a corrupt Democratic redrawn map the Democrats still can't get votes. See ya in Nov.
Dold Cockroach March 21, 2012 at 07:12 AM
With the GOP voting in a Presidential primary I would expect a bigger GOP turnout. RC I guess doesn't understand how things work.
RRR March 21, 2012 at 12:36 PM
In the end, as i heard from many friends they only vote for Schneider as they believed he had a better chance at winning against Dold. Otherwise they would have voted for Ilya. Sad on so many levels, this is why things never change in this country. The polling place is the new betting parlor. Place your bets for whom you think can beat someone, not who is the better person who is loyal to his party and would be a fresh start in a corrupted system.
RRR March 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM
yes, which is why although Schneider was not my candidate of choice, I will vote for him come November. But don't be surprised when Schneider starts voting with the GOP. His weak excuse of giving money to support Israel makes me ill, there are plenty of Democratic politicians he could have given money to - he is the new Lieberman.
Charlie March 21, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Betting parlors aren't as popular as they once may have been. Sheyman failed to deliver turnout.
Gary March 21, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Things never change? Are you kidding? This country is sliding into the authoritarian socialist abyss at record speed due to all the changes made in the last 3 years. There's not enough space here to list all the radical changes that have occurred. Please tell me what you would have the federal government do domestically that we are not already doing.
alan donahue March 22, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Ilya Sheyman - I don't know whose idea it was to run this 25 yr old kid with not much real world experience and think he should be one of the 500 top leaders that run this entire country, but whoever funded this guy is crazy. I wouldn't let him run a single pizza hut restaurant, let alone a major portion of the US government. It amazes how close to vote even was... probably the same idiots who voted for a former law school professor and thought he could run a $14 trillion dollar economy.
Gary March 22, 2012 at 05:39 PM
They were both community activists. A degree from the Saul Alinksy school of radicalism is all the Democrats are looking for these days.
RRR March 22, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Gary i suggest you look up the word Socialism and realize what you are saying is a load of crap especially if you are going to tout Europe as a standard. Have you lived in Europe? I have lived in the UK and Germany so don't espouse your Fox News platitudes to me until you have the stamps and leave to remain permits in your passport. Go back to your tea party and learn more sound bites to try and convince intelligent people otherwise.
RRR March 22, 2012 at 05:54 PM
and to answer your question, I would have Campaign finance laws changed back so that Corporations are not classified as "people" and can't contribute to political campaigns for one. Then a review of this protracted election cycle with delegates and all the hurdles and loop holes for candidates to wastes millions of dollars on for years trying to get into or keep their office - that is a travesty and why nothing gets accomplished in Washington. I hope the Republicans get their brokered convention and it blows up in their faces - every day this goes on, they lose more and more of the base who probably won't bother to vote on election day. Great for Dems! Then to even suggest a candidate thinks its ok to want to turn this country into a Christian nation, outlawing birth control, abortion and all women's rights, my goodness, wake up and realize this is the 21st century and women still have the right to vote. No self respecting woman would even considering voting for someone who thinks this is worthy of a political platform - regulating women's rights. If you're drinking that tea, choke on it, and get your viagra paid for by the tax payers, cause that's ok but birth control isn't????!!!!!

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