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Shimkus projected to defeat Phelps in Illinois

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ILLINOIS (CNN) -- Republican Rep. John Shimkus defeated Democratic Rep. David Phelps in the race for the 19th District seat, CNN has projected.

Phelps said he was left out of the delegation's redistricting talks last year and faced an uphill race against a fellow incumbent in the GOP-leaning district. Shimkus also raised far more money and is better known to a large number of the district's voters.

The race also pitted two incumbents with vastly different styles against each other. Shimkus relishes visits from top White House officials, including Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Phelps, meanwhile, held low-key news conferences and town meetings, where he portrayed himself as a friend of workers and Shimkus as one of big business.



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