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Duckworth promises 'new attitude' in Congress

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Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth says she's humbled to be elected to Congress.

Duckworth ousted Republican tea party-backed U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh on Tuesday in Illinois 8th congressional district. She told supporters Tuesday night at a rally in the Chicago suburbs that she will bring "a new attitude to Washington."

SEE: 8th Congressional District Debate on WFLD: Walsh vs. Duckworth

Duckworth says she spoke to Walsh and he was gracious and offered to help her establish her office in Washington. She told supporters that she looks forward to being their congresswoman.

Walsh told supporters in the Chicago suburbs Tuesday night that he's proud of what he's done. He says he's not going anywhere and he plans on "knocking on doors tomorrow." Walsh said he spoke to Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran, and told her that his congressional office would do whatever needed to help with the transition.

Walsh had earned support from the tea party. He says he knew he was "up against a lot" when he chose to run.

The race has been one of most closely watched nationwide as both parties identified it as high priority. The 8th District covers several Chicago suburbs.

Duckworth is an Iraq War veteran who left her job in the Obama administration's Department of Veterans Affairs to run for Congress.

 

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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