SPRINGFIELD — Democrat David Gill of Bloomington conceded the 13th Congressional District to Republican Rodney Davis on Friday, three days after the election.
Rodney Davis of Taylorville claimed the seat by nearly 1,300 votes in the 14 counties that compose the newly drawn 13th District, which includes Decatur, Bloomington and Springfield. Unofficial results showed Davis with 47 percent of the vote, Gill with 46 percent and independent John Hartman of Edwardsville with 7 percent. Unofficial results from all 609 precincts showed Davis with 136,596 votes, while Gill earned 135,309 votes and Hartman won 21,241 votes.
In a statement, Gill said the race was close enough to demand that the campaign staff diligently check the numbers of outstanding provisional and absentee ballots. He thanked staff members and supporters for their dedication, saying it had become clear to him that there were not enough uncounted ballots to make up the difference.
“The incredibly close outcome of this congressional election, along with the re-election of President Obama and a Democratic Senate, have proven that knee-jerk conservative policies will not succeed in this country nor be accepted by most of the people in this district,” Gill said. “It will require compromise and commonsense solutions to govern this nation and to serve this region. I have faith that the people and the press in the 13th District will be watching closely.”
While the tone of the race between Gill and Davis was often negative and contentious, Gill said Friday that he hoped they shared some qualities: “a deep desire to see a better future for the communities we love in this part of Illinois and a commitment to leave things better than we found them for our children.”
Shortly following Gill’s announcement Friday evening, Davis released a statement thanking Gill for the passion with which he campaigned.
“I appreciate that he has forgone dragging this out further with his concession this evening,” Davis said. “Shannon, our family, and I are thankful for the wonderful support we’ve received. I am humbled to have the honor to serve as congressman for the 13th District and am ready to get to work.”
Davis is scheduled to attend a new-member training session Tuesday in Washington, D.C.