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Underwood defeats Hultgren in 14th Congressional District race

Naperville nurse wins all counties except McHenry

Lauren Underwood, a 32-year-old nurse and health policy expert from Naperville, has unseated incumbent Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren in the 14th Congressional District, according to reports from the Associated Press.

Initial reports had shown that Hultgren carried McHenry County but after an anomaly on the county's voting results was discovered Wednesday night, updated numbers showed Underwood pulling ahead. She also carried every other county in the district.

During a victory speech at a watch party in Batavia, Underwood thanked Hultgren for his service and said he told her he would help her transition into her new role in the U.S. House.

“When I travel to Washington, I will take your voices and your values with me,” Underwood said. “I am your representative. [I] work for you, and I cannot wait to get started.”

Underwood – who has received a number of high-profile endorsements, including from former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden – has said she would fight to keep the Affordable Care Act intact after having worked on it in her role as a senior adviser in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Her stances on health care also were her foundation for running for office after she felt Hultgren broke a promise not to back legislation that didn't provide coverage options for patients with pre-existing conditions by voting for the American Health Care Act.

Hultgren, meanwhile, has said the American Health Care Act stated that insurance companies cannot ask about pre-existing conditions as long as individuals are continuing coverage and not starting anew. He also voiced concerns over the ACA's premium and deductible increases and lack of coverage choices.

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon that Hultgren had his "total endorsement."

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