Lauren Underwood defeats Randy Hultgren in 14th Congressional District race
Lauren Underwood, a 32-year-old nurse and health policy expert from Naperville, has unseated incumbent Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren in the 14th Congressional District, according to reports from the Associated Press.
With 94 percent of McHenry County precincts reporting, Hultgren received 24,172 votes, or roughly 54 percent of the total vote, to Underwood’s 20,347, according to unofficial results. However, this was the only county that Hultgren, who has been in office since 2010 was able to win.
“As a registered nurse and lifelong health care advocate, Lauren Underwood has a tremendous record of service to her community and a deep understanding of the challenges they face,” House Majority PAC Executive Director Charlie Kelly said in a news release. “She’ll bring that needed perspective and experience to Congress.”
Underwood – who has received a number of high-profile endorsements, including from former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden – has said she would fight to keep the Affordable Care Act intact after having worked on it in her role as a senior advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Her stances on health care were also her basis for running for office after she felt Hultgren broke a promise not to back legislation that didn’t provide coverage options for patients with pre-existing conditions by voting for the American Health Care Act.
Hultgren, meanwhile, has said the American Health Care Act stated that insurance companies cannot ask about pre-existing conditions so long as individuals are continuing coverage and not starting anew.
During his campaign, he also voiced concerns over the Affordable Care Act’s premium and deductible increases and lack of coverage choices. In certain parts of the 14th district, Hultgren said residents may be limited to one insurance provider: Blue Cross Blue Shield.
President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon that Hultgren is doing a great job and has his “total endorsement.”