Dold reclaims 10th Congressional District

Former U.S. Rep. Robert Dold gives his acceptance speech after defeating incumbent Brad Schneider
Former U.S. Rep. Robert Dold gives his acceptance speech after defeating incumbent Brad Schneider

By Beth Lawrence

Republican Robert Dold has reclaimed the 10th Congressional District seat he narrowly lost to Brad Schneider in 2012.

The crowd erupted with cheers of “Sold on Dold” when Schneider’s concession was announced.

The election, which was expected to be close and run late into the night, was called by Chicago media outlets before 10 p.m.  The latest unofficial numbers show that Dold led 51.83 percent to Schneider’s 48.17 percent.

In his acceptance speech Dold said, “When we look at Washington leadership we want them to get the job done, and they just don’t seem to be listening. Well, I’m listening.”

Dold, a self-proclaimed moderate, also said it’s important to “know when to set partisanship aside.” He said he plans to work with Republicans and Democrats.

Dold is the former representative for the district. He won the seat in 2012 after Republican incumbent Mark Kirk left office. The district was redrawn to include more Democratic voters after the 2010 census, a contributing factor in Dold’s loss in another close race against Schneider in the 2012 election. The result was 51 percent to Schneider and 49 percent to Dold, just a little more than a 3,000-vote difference.

Before his election, Dold ran a family-owned business, Rose Pest Solutions.