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Election 2012: Did Suburban Cook and Will Counties Choose Peloquin or Rush?

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush hung on to his 1st Congressional District seat for another two years, but did his new constituents south and southwest of city get behind him in the election?

Democrat Bobby Rush will continue to serve as the 1st Congressional Representative, even after redistricting included more municipalities further from Chicago.

But most of the townships where his new constituents live did not vote for him.

Don Peloquin, the mayor of Blue Island who ran against Rush as a Republican, won all but two of the suburban Cook County and Will County townships, including many of the new areas now included in the 1st District. Only Calumet and Thornton townships placed more votes for Rush in suburban Cook County and Will County.

Chicago precincts were a different story, with Rush receiving 181,032 votes compared to 6,574 votes for Peloquin.

Here are the vote counts from suburban Cook and Will counties, and by townships.

By Ben Feldheim

County Results

County  Bobby Rush (D) Don Peloquin (R) Cook 39,656 44,852 Will 11,268 29,363
Total 50,924 74,215

Township Results

Township Bobby Rush (D) Don Peloquin (R) Bremen 13,983 16,024 Calumet 5,728 893 Orland 6,330 12,194 Palos 314 1,053 Rich 637 849 Thornton 427 136 Worth 12,237 13,703 Frankfort 6,756 18,187 Green Garden 317 1,408 Jackson 502 1,032 Manhattan 1,116 2,640 New Lenox 2,304 6,789 Total 50,924 74,215

Sources: Cook and Will county clerks' offices

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