In a no-incumbent race, six first-time candidates attempted to sit in Congress to represent Illinois’ newly drawn 13th District.
Regan Deer won the Republican primary, fending off Jesse Reising in a tight race that featured two other candidates. Budzinski and Deering will face each other in the November 8 general election.
With 95% of the estimated votes counted, Budzinski received 76% of the vote to Palmer’s 24%.
Budzinski is a longtime Democratic political operative and staffer with experience working in the administrations of President Joe Biden and Governor JB Pritzkerwho won his own primary on Tuesday.
She also worked on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016 and Pritzker’s first gubernatorial campaign.
Budzinski raised the most campaign money of any candidate vying for the seat. As of June 8, she had raised more than $1.73 million in contributions, according to data from the Federal Election Commission. Palmer raised $208,000.
Palmer is a financial advisor to Champaign. He has worked with Boys and Girls Clubs before and before that he was a professional basketball player. Palmer played collegiately at Iowa and Seton Hall.
Palmer ran on a platform promising to advocate for expanded access to health care.
On the Republican side, the foursome race was between Deering, Reising, journalist Terry Martin and nonprofit director Matt Hausman.
Hausman came in third with Martin a distant fourth.
Deering is a member of the influential Andreas family, several of whom have served as leaders of Archer Daniels Midland and is an active member of the board of the North East Community Fund in Decatur. She raised $373,700 during the campaign.
His campaign focused on immigration reform, police defunding and the economy.
Raise is a lawyer who worked for Kirkland & Ellis, one of the largest law firms in the world. Prior to that, he was a prosecutor at the Department of Justice working on economic crimes. He is also the founder and past president of a non-profit organization aimed at helping veterans get into higher education. He raised $457,800 during the campaign.
Reising’s campaign has focused on foreign policy, particularly the country’s relations with China and Russia.