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Oberweis defeats Truax in GOP U.S. Senate primary

Lily ObermanReboot Illinois

Mar 18, 2014

A controversial, late-election season trip to Florida didn’t completely melt the political aspirations of dairy-ice cream store owner and state Sen. Jim Oberweis, who now will attempt to defeat veteran Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin in the November general election.

The Associated Press projected Oberweis the GOP nominee as returns rolled in Tuesday.

A failed candidate for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, governor and a GOP party office five times, and a successful candidate for state senate in 2012, Oberweis defeated his opponent, first-time candidate Doug Truax, in the Tuesday Republican primary for a six-year U.S. Senate term.

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