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Incumbent Win Stoller ekes out narrow lead over challenger Nicklaus in 37th Senate district

Win Stoller
Win Stoller

Incumbent Republican state Senator Win Stoller of Germantown Hills appears to have eked out a narrow lead against challenger Brett Nicklaus.

Stoller is leading Nicklaus by 528 votes in a tightly-contested race.

Stoller declared victory on Wednesday, but Nicklaus said he's not conceding defeat yet, citing the close margin and mail-in ballots yet to be counted.

"Our team continues to monitor results to ensure all legally cast ballots are counted," said Nicklaus in a Facebook post. "The democratic process demands full diligence. I acknowledge my opponent's apparent lead and look forward to final results."

Stoller was endorsed by GOP gubernatorial candidate and Senate colleague Darren Bailey. Nicklaus, a businessman from Dixon, was backed by House Minority Leader Jim Durkin and his allies.

Stoller donated to Travis Weaver's campaign in the 93rd District against state Rep. Mark Luft (R-Pekin).

Weaver is the son of former state Senator Chuck Weaver, who handpicked Stoller to replace him in the Senate.

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Updated: June 30, 2022 at 3:03 PM CDT
Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.