June 6, 2006

Evans replacement contest won by a Hare

Won by a Hare, but by a better than two to one margin. And on 06/06/06, no less.
Early in the Tuesday afternoon counting of ballots in the race to replace Lane Evans as 17th District congressman, longtime Evans aide Phil Hare had almost a 3-to-1 margin over Sen. John Sullivan, a Democratic legislator from the western Illinois town of Rushville. With only a few votes left to count, Democrats were declaring Hare the winner by about 16,000 votes to Sullivan's 7,000 votes.

In addition to Sullivan and Hare, the candidates are: Rock Island Mayor Mark Schwiebert, Quincy educator Rob Mellon and Rep. Mike Boland of East Moline.

By the numbers: Vote totals

Rock Island Mayor Mark Schwiebert: 1,370

Quincy educator Rob Mellon: 98

Ill. Rep. Mike Boland, East Moline: 612

Ill. Sen. John Sullivan, Rushville: 7,530

Phil Hare, Lane Evans aide: 17,011

Total votes: 26,621

Source: Rock Island County Clerk

Phil Hare, aide to Rep. Lane Evans, won today's vote to replace Mr. Evans on the Democratic ballot this fall.
Rock Island and Macoupin counties came through with a large majority for Mr. Hare.

Mr. Hare made a brief acceptance speech shortly before 2 p.m., in which he called himself "humbled and honored" by his election. "If I am half as good as Lane Evans, I will be a great congressman," he said to applause.

And as usual, John Beydler provides an excellent recap and observations to the story here.


At 6/06/2006 6:59 PM, Blogger Carl Nyberg said...

Let's assume Hare wins in 2006 and LaHood retires.

Does Sullivan run against Hare or for the LaHood vacancy?

What if Hare loses and LaHood retires? It seems like Sullivan will run in IL-17 not for the LaHood vacancy in IL-18, right?

At 6/06/2006 9:40 PM, Blogger the underground said...

Emil Jones will cut a deal and keep John right where he is just like this time.

At 6/06/2006 10:27 PM, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Carl, most likely outcome is JS waits for the redistricting in '12. This is very likley to give him about a 25 County Rectangular district made to order for DLC type dem like him. He'll only be 50.

There is no way this boomerang shaped district can survive another decennial census.

At 6/07/2006 9:31 AM, Blogger Anon 10:32 said...

The people have spoken!!! I would like to thank brother Johnston for making the vote an open process with the signing of the ballotts. This insured a win for brother Hare. The Machine deserves a great round of applause for being so well oiled and delivering brother Hare to his rightful place. Hare will give Zinga the beating that she deserves in November. I think that this process shows that it is a better way of electing officials. I would like to propose that we either have voters sign their ballotts or we have precinct committeemen do the voting for higher office for the people. This is a great day for all of us. Hare's appointment will help get Lane Evans on the right track and give him the strength to beat his brothers in court and get back to good helth. I would like to thank all that helped in this process. Thank you!! We love you!!

At 6/07/2006 4:35 PM, Blogger DookOfURL said...

So true Anon 10:32, and well said.

And don't forget that if you say mean things about Lane Evans, he will find out where you live, come to your house, shoot lightning bolts out his @ss and kill you.

Something for any sane and intelligent person to consider.

We should never, ever question a politician who says he "cares" and says he stands by his "principles", no matter what those "principles" may be.

At 6/07/2006 10:06 PM, Blogger Anon 10:32 said...

I feel that Lane Evans should retire now and let brother Hare get his feet wet as the Congressman before the election. It would help Hare to defeat Zinga in November. It would also help Lane to concentrate on his health.

At 6/08/2006 8:59 AM, Blogger illinidem said...

The process was as open as it could be. Weak attempts at ironic sniping aside, Phil Hare out-worked all the other candidates and showed his district-wide appeal. If you really back true Democratic values, you have the right guy. Zinga will lose by 20+ points.

At 6/08/2006 9:09 AM, Blogger the underground said...


That is quite possibly the worst idea I have heard yet! Are you kidding????

Let Evans fill out his term and Hare stay on the campaign trail. Wasting valuable campaign time performing the tasks of a Congressman is a major mistake. This race is not going to be as easy as you boys up north think. While the district is designed to lean our direction, Zinga has high name rec. while Hare has very low name rec right now. Every minute on the campaign trail will count in this one. Don't ever underestimate ANY opponent!

At 6/13/2006 2:17 PM, Blogger del said...

State Rep Mike Boland should brace himself for a heck of a race in November now. The talk is the republican powers that be are behind his opponent like crazy now that they see Boland can't get the votes. Plus the kid had a good run against him last time. Does anyone know that young republican's name by chance?

At 6/13/2006 4:51 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I "heard" it was Mike Jacobs' young son. No?


At 6/14/2006 8:19 AM, Blogger del said...

I think Sen Mike Jacobs son is in grade school. I seriously couldn't remember the republican candidate's name. Thought you would know. Will have to look somewhere else for the information. Thanks for nothing Dope.

At 6/14/2006 8:49 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

You're welcome.

If someone was needed to run against Boland, someone would have to be pressed into service, no matter the age.

I'm sorry, but I haven't heard anything recently about a Republican opponent for Boland, though Steve Haring from Savanna ran a strong race against him last time around I believe.

At 6/14/2006 11:52 AM, Blogger del said...

That's who it is that's running against Boland in the general in November. I knew I would recognized the name, just wouldn't come to me. Thanks.

At 6/18/2006 9:04 AM, Blogger rope-a-dope said...

Boland beat Haring by 20 percentage points two years ago, and that was when the Thomson Prison was still unopened.

Boland's popularity has never been with the "insiders", that's not his style. But, he's always had great popular appeal to average voters, and I don't think that's changed in the last couple of years.


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