OAK BROOK, Illinois — Four days before election night, the race for the 6th congressional district is down to the last minute.
Incumbent Illinois Representative Sean Casten and Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau were reverted from Republican to Democrat in 2018 for the first time in about 50 years. However, with new boundary lines drawn, things could turn around again.
In the past few days, top-class support has been received for both candidates.
Last week, Casten appeared at a reproductive health forum alongside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Casten was joined by Senator Dick Durbin on Friday night at a public town hall in Oak Brook.
Down the hallway of the Hyatt Lodge in the same building, Kevin McCarthy, the House Minority Leader, took the podium to stand in for Pekau.
Issues separating Casten and Pekau include abortion, the SAFE-T law and rising inflation.
Voters and volunteers on both sides agreed.
“Everyone wants to feel represented and sometimes they don’t,” said Erik Nelson, who does the rounds for the Republicans with his wife Lisa. Both say the support they have found is high.
“We’ve been knocking since [Pekau] in areas where you might expect it to be blue,” said Lisa Nelson. “We find a lot of people saying, ‘You have my vote, you have my vote.'”
Diane Rodi says she’s doing her part for Casten.
“What I like about Sean is that he’s practical. He thinks he uses data, and as a retired scientist, I do the same,” said Rodi.
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https://wgntv.com/news/politics/casten-pekau-rally-at-same-oak-brook-venue-as-6th-district-race-tightens/ Casten, Pekau rally at the same location in Oak Brook as the 6th Ward race tightens