Democrat Tammy Duckworth Picks Up Critical Senate Seat In Illinois

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Kirk, a moderate Republican who has been critical of presidential Republican nominee Donald Trump, had been seeking a second term. Kirk was roundly criticized in the last weeks of the campaign when, during a candidates debate, he questioned Duckworth's family heritage. For two years in a row, The Hill has described Kirk's as one of the most vulnerable seats in the Senate. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, ABC News projected.

The race for U.S. Senate in IL has been a heated affair, thrust into the national spotlight because of its significance in Senate Democrats' efforts to regain a majority, and because of a series of verbal miscues. The race could determine whether there is a shift the balance of power in the U.S. Senate.

Duckworth spoke about growing up in a family that had to use food stamps after her father lost his job, and also recounted the day 12 years ago when the helicopter she was co-piloting in Iraq was shot down. But the representative appears to be taking nothing for granted as she works to leverage her popularity across the ticket in the final moments of the campaign.

Democrat Tammy Duckworth will defeat Republican Sen. Duckworth defeated Urban League president and CEO Andrea Zopp and state Sen. He was one of the first Republican to voice opposition to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, opting for his own write-in candidate - four-start Gen. David Petraeus, who resigned as Central Intelligence Agency director after pleading guilty to mishandling classified information. Duckworth called the ads false.

"I want to show people that the care there is good, and I want veterans to come get the care that they've earned", Duckworth said. Since she won election to the House in 2012, Duckworth has helped pass legislation to provide resources to prevent veteran suicide.

Suburban independent voter have been crucial components of Kirk's political base and his campaign has concentrated offices and other resources on the suburbs.

"Sometimes I've been too quick to turn a phrase", he said. "And I have a thick skin".