Eamon Kelly this evening phoned Robyn Gabel and congratulated her on her apparent victory in the 18th District state house race. But with a few precincts yet to be counted, Patrick Keenan-Devlin was still holding out hope of pulling off an upset.

Gabel spoke to her supporters at Lupita’s Restaurant about 10 p.m., not quite declaring victory, but setting out her strategy for the general election campaign.

Update: As of early Wednesday morning, with just one of 91 precincts left to be counted, the vote percentages were Gabel 27.54 percent, Keenan-Devlin 25.34 percent, Kelly 24.67 percent, Jeff Smith 11.89 percent and Edmund Moran 10.55 percent. 

Those vote totals from Chicago and Cook County election officials do not include absentee ballots.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Excellent election results
    This has been a good week for Evanston and America.

    President Obama gave a great SOTU address, and then showed up at the Republican Congressional retreat and made the Republicans look silly and petty (which they are).

    Our City Council has finally taken steps to close the wasteful branch libraries. ( I just wish that they had taken this action during better economic times – I am afraid that all of these local government cuts will counteract the good effects of Obama’s stimulus package. )

    The Toddler has been defeated, and I am confident that Toni Preckwinkle will improve our County government.

    Julie Hamos has been defeated in the 10th District primary.

    Pat Quinn appears to have won the gubernatorial primary.

    And best of all, in the 18th statehouse district the President of the Central Street Neighbors Association came in fourth in a five-way race. Speaking out against the Tower and supporting the north branch library might be popular on Central Street, but that doesn’t play well in Rogers Park or the rest of Evanston.

    To celebrate, I will pour a glass of champipple to drink with my breakfast of Cocoa Puffs.

    Perhaps now I can finally retire from commenting on Evanston affairs, and devote more of my time to my scholarly research, and prepare to celebrate the upcoming holiday.

  2. Luxury to have good candidates
    Unlike some of the other political races yesterday, we were lucky to have so many really good candidates for State Rep. Congrats to you all!

  3. Please check the attendance
    Please check the attendance of each candidate’s Election night party, and it is obvious who really has our community’s support.

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