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Gabel takes early lead over Tucker

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State Rep. Robin Gabel (D-Evanston) appears to be cruising to an easy victory over Republican challenger Jessica Tucker.

With 9 of 80 precinctes reporting, Gable has 72 percent of the vote to 28 percent for Tucker.

Gabel is seeking a 4th full term in the state legislature. 

Tucker, a former Winnetka village president, was endorsed by the Tribune; Gabel by the Sun-Times.

Gabel, appointed to fill a vacancy after narrowly winning a five-way Democratic primary in 2010, has only faced a Republican challenger once before, in 2012, when she won with 63 percent of the vote.

Gabel's 18th District includes most of Evanston.

State Rep. Laura Fine (D-Glenview) whose 17th District includes northwest Evanston, is running unopposed for re-election.

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, whose Chicago-based 14th District includes two precincets in south Evanston is easily defeating a challenge from independent rthur Noah Siegel. With 44 of 80 precincts countd Cassidy has 83 percent of the vote.

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