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Tipsword easily fends off primary challenge in 105th Illinois House District

Don Rients, right, is challenging Dennis Tipsword in his reelection bid in the 105th Illinois House District.
Dennis Tipsword, left, won Tuesday's GOP primary in his reelection bid in the 105th Illinois House District.

Republicans renominated Dennis Tipwsord of Metamora for a second two-year term in the 105th Illinois House District. He defeated Don Reints, an insurance IT analyst from Benson, by a more than 3-to-1 margin in Tuesday's primary.

Tipsword, chief deputy for the Woodford County Sheriff’s Office, previously defeated Reints in the 2022 Republican primary in the heavily conservative district.

The district stretches from north of Bloomington-Normal to near Peru and spans from just outside Peoria to east of Flanagan.

Tipsword will face Democrat Morgan Phillips of Lostant in the general election in November. Phillips, a former political campaign manager, was the only Democrat to file for the seat.

The general election will be on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Eric Stock is a reporter at WGLT.