Bean Exits Bunker and Concedes to Walsh

It’s official! Joe Walsh has defeated Melissa Bean in the 8th Congressional District by 290 votes.

Melissa Bean waves the white flag and concedes to Joe Walsh

Although Bean picked up more votes than Walsh in Lake County absentee ballots, it was not enough to overcome his lead in McHenry County.

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Letter sent out by Joe Walsh follows:

Dear Friends:

I’m pleased that the decision of the people of the 8th District voting on November 2nd has been confirmed. Representative Bean telephoned me earlier this evening and congratulated me for winning the 8th District seat in the United States House of Representatives. I am grateful to each and every individual who cast their ballot for me, and for all of the thousands of volunteers, Tea Party members, regular Republicans, friends and staff people that have made this victory possible. I congratulate Representative Bean on her vigorous campaign and thank her for her six years of public service.

With the voting and counting now complete, we can turn all of our energies to advancing the legislative agenda the people of the 8th District have told me to pursue: more responsive government, less borrowing against our children’s future, and a common sense approach to deal with the economic challenges facing our country. I will be busy here in Washington for several more days before returning to Illinois to personally thank all those who worked so hard to send me to Congress.

We have a lot to do, and I am eager to get at it.

Congressman-elect for Illinois’ 8th District

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