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Election 2014: The count begins

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The polls have just closed in Evanston and we expect to have results in some of the local races we're following within the hour.

Members of the Democratic Party of Evanston are just starting to gather at Temperance Beer Company, 2000 Dempster St., for a post-election party.

The key statewide race is the contest for governor between incumbent Pat Quinn and his Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner.

Quinn has had strong support in Evanston but polls suggest the election is very close and Rauner has won endorsements from most of the state's major newspapers.

Just moments after the polls closed the National Election Pool predicted that U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin would defeat Republican challenger Jim Oberweis.

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston is expected to easily win a ninth term in Congress over her Republican challenger Susanne Atanus, who's big moment in the spotlight came when she blamed gays rights for tornadoes.

Two Evanstonians who represent the area in Springfield — Sen. Daniel Biss and Rep. Robyn Gabel — are running unopposed for re-election.

The two other state lawmakers who represent slices of Evanston do have challengers.

In the 14th District, which covers a thin slice of south Evanston as well as much of Chicago's north side, Democrat Kelly Cassidy faces Republican Denis Detzel.

In the 17th District, which covers northwest Evanston west of Green Bay Road and towns to the north and west, Democrat Laura Fine is seeking to hold onto her seat against a challenge from Republican Kathleen Myalls.

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