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Supporters Shocked to See Dold Lose His Lead

At 8 p.m., Rep. Robert Dold's supporters were sure their candidate had the 10th Congressional race in the bag. An hour and 40,000 votes later, it all changed.

Rep. Robert Dold's supporters felt pretty good about their candidate's chances at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday night.

About 300 of Lake County's 309 precincts had reported as well as just over half of Cook County's 110, and the 10th District Republican Congressman lead by about 6,000 votes.

"I'm feeling very positive," Libertyville resident John De Reu said about Dold's reelection chances then. "I wish I were as positive about Mitt Romney."

Less than an hour later, with all of Lake County's precincts reporting and about 90 of Cook's 110, Dold still enjoyed a cushy 6,000 vote lead.

"I'm feeling very good," said Winnetka Village Board President Jessica Tucker.

Then Lake County's 40,000 early votes came in.

'Absolutely surprised'

Liz Vanlieshout paced around Viper Alley, taking laps from the stage decked out in Dold signs to the collapsable table filled with journalists. 

The Vernon Hills mother has a daughter working as a legislative aide for Dold, which brought this local election even closer to home.

"I am absolutely surprised," Vanlieshout said when she heard Dold had lost his cushy lead. "I don't know how this is happening."

Dold fell behind once the early votes came in, putting his opponent Brad Schneider in the lead by about 1,500 votes in Lake County and about 700 in Cook. The lead remained as the rest of Cook County's precincts reported.

Once those early votes got counted for Lake County, the confidence that Dold's supporters had been enjoying all night vanished. In its place: surprised eyes wandering the room, waiting for the concession speech.

'It happens'

In Lake County, the early and absentee votes are the last to get counted, according to Lake County Elections Administrator Cindy Pagano.

"All the precincts come in first, and then we add in all the early voting results and then the vote by mail," Pagano said.

Sometimes, as was the case with the 10th District Congressional race, those early votes can make all the difference.

"It happens," Pagano said matter-of-factly.

'Say it ain't so!'

At about 11 p.m., Dold walked on stage and thanked his staff, supporters and family. He encouraged attendees to remain engaged in politics even after he hands his position off to his opponent.

"There's too much at stake to grow disheartened," Dold told the crowd. "I hope you all continue to stay in touch, stay engaged."

When Dold announced that he had called Schneider to concede the race, a supporter yelled out, "Say it ain't so!"

One supporter had tears welling in his eyes and falling past his glasses. The mood was quiet and somber, a jarring change from the hour earlier when Dold had been leading by more than 6,000 votes.

"It's about the next generation," Dold said as he closed out his remarks. He then used an oft-repeated line from his campaign. "I'm confident America's best days are in front of us."

Jose November 09, 2012 at 02:00 PM
ONLY 57 % OF REGISTER VOTERS VOTED..ILLINOIS IS BECOMING MORE BROWN. IF OBAMA AND DEMOCRATS GET THEIR WAY AND GIVE 25 MILLION ILLEGALS AMNESTY ?? GOP WON'T GET ELECTED ANYMORE. I'M A BROWN PERSON, BUT I DO NOT WANT AMERICA TO BECOME TOO BROWN. I LIKE IT THE WAY IT WAS 25 YEARS AGO.
chris November 09, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I supported Mitt Romney, but not Robert Dold. I don't think he was very effective. I have doubts about Brad Schneider too, but we will see how this all shakes out? I know one thing; I would kill two birds with one stone and get out of the stock market before it collapses, and cash in my 401k before the tax on gains goes up in January. (That is if you have any gains left in a retirement account?)
Gary November 09, 2012 at 02:21 PM
You are worried about the stock market collapse and 401k's losing value, but you voted for Schneider. OK, I'll bite. What do you think Schneider is going to do to avoid the calamities you just described?
SeanS65 November 09, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Jose you are wrong. In Lake County, there was a 70% turn-out with Early voting counts included.
Paul Michaels November 09, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Dold believed that it was just fine if a poor black woman in DC chose to kill her daughter before she was born, but that if she let the child live she should not be allowed to choose her daughter's school. Dold should never be allowed on any Republican ticket again.
Jack Straw November 09, 2012 at 03:50 PM
This is the definition of cheating or election rigging. For over 40 years we had a well-balanced district. Now with the help of Mike Madigan we are all progressive democrats. Thanks Karen May and Susan Garrett you taught the kids cheating in politics is OK, god bless have a great retirement while the rest of us fix the financial mess you left. For all the good you did Susan your legacy should now be that of a cheat, another corrupt politician a Mike Madigan flunky , very sad Susan.
chris November 09, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Gary: I did exactly as I suggest others do. I didn't say that I voted for Schneider. But, Dold was just floundering around in a Democratic ocean that is Illinois. So.... I am self employed, and I can assure you that Illinois is not a place to be if you own a business. I expect a lot of businesses to go to states like Texas, Indiana and Arizona. I know that we are abandoning Illinois before it becomes insolvent.
chris November 09, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Also, to Jose point: I understand where you're coming from, but the whole brown people, black people notion is really how we end up along the wrong divide. I think there are as many black or brown people that would relate to conservative values as much as any "white" group. It's the same dated argument with Democrat versus Republican. The are conservatives and liberals amongst both groups. What we just witnessed was a liberal victory, not necessarily a Democrat victory. That's where the GOP fell short. That's why they fall short of support amongst people of color. They tie the party to being conservative, and rather than appealing to conservatives generally, they appeal to Republicans mostly. It maybe time that a conservative party (named just that) pool from conservatives of all parties.
chris November 09, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Also: While I don't condone illegal immigration, the fact is that very few groups would be able to march across a desert or ride in a blazing hot railcar, leaving their families behind to go to an unfamiliar place where we didn't speak the language and do brutal manual labor and live under pretty rough conditions to feed our families back home. If you were scrapping for a fight, seems to me you'd want tough people like that on your side rather than chide them for doing what any of us would do under similar circumstances. In terms of conservative priorities, I am a bit more concerned with sending billions of dollars for oil to Muslim countries that hate us and want us dead than I am with whether Juan is getting a few hundred bucks in illegal benefits? Especially when you consider one of the first groups that would enlist to fight for America would be Latinos who are primarily Christians. After all, Mexico isn't working on a nuclear bomb and none of the 19 highjackers on September 11th were Latino. Although many Latinos died that day. I think the last election proves that conservatives can't afford to alienate any groups. And if we are going to alienate other groups, I can think of a dozen others that would warrant alienation first.
dold's supporter November 09, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Me and everyone at Rose Pest Solutions, I'm sure, is happy Dold lost the election. The crook doesn't pay overtime even though one works more than 40 hrs. per week..thank you 10th District for doing what we can't: fire Dold! Dold loserrrrrrrrrrrr can you hear us now? Will you pay overtime now? Employees are not serfs and Rose Pest shouln't be a plantation. Seeing Dold lose is the greatest day this year...priceless...Dold the UnHonoroble Loser :)
chris November 09, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I would hope that you all filed a claim with the Wage and Hour Division at the Illinois Department Of Labor? His loss or a post on here isn't going to get you your back wages as effectively as filing a claim. I had to do it once, and they very quickly got my money to me and everyone who had worked there going back several years. And it didnt cost me a cent to file. Please consider it if you haven't done so already?
Cole Pierce November 10, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Dold voted against the health care bill 33 times. He voted against equal pay for women. That was enough for me to not vote for him. He continually voted against the EPA. I like clean water and clean air. I have a daughter about to begin her law career. Equal pay is deserved.I believe Dold was a lacky. His wife Danielle was as useful as a one legged woman in a butt kicking contest. At a fund raiser I attended she always referred to the North Shore as the decision makers for the whole 10th District.
Kathie November 10, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Cole, I'm a female lawyer and mom. You are misguided on many things. (Also, the health "care" bill is about insurance and doesn't guarantee any "care" will be there for people ... just sayin' ...) And that's great your daughter is beginning a law career. I could have a lot of advice to offer. There were challenges to being a female in the profession but none had to do with equal pay issues. Zero! The profession is in trouble and the "war on women" is the last of her worries. Also, you are being plain mean. We need tood people to stand up for office and to make personal attacks not only on a candidate but his wife is just ugly. Shame on you.
Stuart Tindall November 10, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Illinois got gerrymandered bad, but so did the rest of the nation. A majority of voters nationwide voted for Democrats in House races, yet the makeup of the House did not significantly change. Look for the same results for the rest of the decade.
Winnetka November 12, 2012 at 02:39 PM
What has occurred is the fundamental transformation of America just as our Divine Leader Obama designed. All that wanted to "make history" by voting a man to president based on the color of his skin-ignoring the content of his character exercised affirmative action on the highest level. The job of leader of the free world and the most free country(fast becoming less free) should have never been decided in this way. For many of you who believed with your vote in '12, you could correct the mistake you made in '08, its literaaly too late. Obama knew exactly what he was doing.He knew the minute he got elected he was racing the re-election clock. He topped off his tank of voters by increasing the welfare rolls(51 million now on food stamps and other plum entitlements) and moved the needle of non federal income tax payers to the 50% mark(it's likely a higher % now). He will punish the job creators with even higher taxes, while protecting the tyrannical monopoly the unions have on our industries, schools, municipalities-basically no aspect of our day isn't impacted by the unions. We look to history at this time of year as we remember our fallen heros. Our country was always at the moral forefront protecting life, promoting freedom, fighting fascism, tyranny, genocide and religious suppression. Our hard fought and won freedoms we hold most dear are being taken away. It's terrifying so many are fine with it. They'd rather get stuff then be free. Who will come to our rescue now?
Pedro B November 13, 2012 at 08:49 PM
This just proves my gut feeling about the guy. Sad to hear you are being taken advantage of by Dold. Before you file a claim, as chris has helpfully suggested, make sure you have a 'plan b' in the works for a new job. That's the main reason why folks don't file those claims unfortunately. The employers know they have them by the cojones(!) ;(
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