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William Enyart wins 12th District Congressional race for U.S. House

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

Former state National Guard chief Bill Enyart has won a southern Illinois congressional race, keeping that seat in Democratic hands as it has been since World War II.

The Belleville attorney defeated the Republican candidate, lumber company executive Jason Plummer, and Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw to win the seat.

The 12th Congressional District stretches from the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis to the state's southernmost tip.

Enyart will succeed Democrat Jerry Costello, who is retiring after more than two decades in office.

Only two men, both Democrats, have represented the 12th District since World War II. But Republicans had viewed the seat as winnable given the GOP's gains two years ago.

But Republican Jason Plummer isn't ready to concede the race in the 12th Congressional District in Southern Illinois just yet.

The Associated Press declared former state National Guard chief Bill Enyart the winner in the district. But when reached for comment, Plummer's campaign manager says that it was far too early to concede.

Philip Lasseigne says there are many precincts that have not been counted and that Plummer thinks he owes it to the people of the region to hold off on any concession until those votes are counted.

Plummer and Enyart were battling to succeed Democrat Jerry Costello, who is retiring after more than two decades in office.

The 12th Congressional District stretches from the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis to the state's southernmost tip.

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