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Sorensen Going to Washington

Eric Sorensen
Sorensen for Congress
Eric Sorensen

Former television meteorologist Eric Sorensen has won the race for Congress in Illinois' 17th District. About 1 am he declared victory, and Wednesday morning Republican Esther Joy King conceded.

With nearly all the precincts reporting, he has 51.7 per cent of the votes to 48.3 per cent for King, or a margin of 7,500 votes.

At his election night rally in Moline, Sorensen said his campaign was about electing someone who was from, known, and trusted in the district.

"This place is special and it should be represented by someone who's spent nearly his entire life living, working, and actively engaging in our community right here, someone that you already know and already trust."

And he said he's excited to carry on the work of retiring Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and of the late Lane Evans.

Sorensen also says he's the first LGBTQ person elected to Congress from Illinois.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.