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Marron declares victory

Nov. 12—DANVILLE — State Rep. Mike Marron (R-Fithian) declared victory in the 104th Legislative district Thursday.

The unofficial tally from the Champaign County Clerk, Vermilion County Clerk, and Danville Election Commission gives Marron 18,682 votes to 14,070 votes for Cindy Cunningham. This gives Rep. Marron a current 14 percentage point victory margin.

“I want to thank all the people of the 104th District for having their voices heard,” said Marron. “I especially want to thank all of my volunteers who spent countless hours helping my reelection effort and my family for sticking by my side through such a crazy time.”

The 104th Legislative District is in three different election commissions, Champaign County, Vermilion County and Danville Election Commission.

The unofficial count after Election Day in Champaign County had Marron with 9,224 votes to Cunningham’s 9,457 votes. In rural Vermilion County, Marron had 5,932 votes to Cunningham’s 1,803 votes. In Danville, Marron had 3,526 votes to Cunningham’s 2,810 votes.

“While there are still vote by mail ballots yet to be counted, there aren’t enough ballots left in the 104th District to make up such a sizable gap,” Marron said. “Democrats in Illinois gerrymandered this district to shift 10 percentage points in their favor and then spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in attack ads against me. All of that gerrymandering and negative campaigning gained my opponent 1 percentage point from the previous election. I hope they are happy with their return on investment.”

The Champaign News-Gazette reported Thursday that the Champaign County Clerk still had 5,000 more vote by mail ballots to count. After the first batch of counting was done Thursday, of the 2,585 ballots tallied, only 599 were from the 104th District (23%). At that rate, there are not enough votes left by mail ballots to change the results of the election even if every vote went to Cunningham. It is statistically impossible for Cunningham to make up this deficit.

“The results of the race for the 104th show that local support will beat all the money in attack ads political parties can buy,” said Marron. “I am proud of the work we have done for the people of Champaign and Vermilion counties and I look forward to continuing to do that work for the next two years.”

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