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SPRINGFIELD — An official tally of the contentious and expensive race to represent Illinois’ 13th Congressional District shows Republican Rodney Davis winning over Democrat David Gill by 1,002 votes.

The final vote count, approved Sunday by the Illinois State Board of Elections, is even closer than what was initially thought in the aftermath of the nasty battle.

Gill, a Bloomington emergency room physician, conceded the race three days after the polls closed, with most believing the Davis, of Taylorville, had won by about 1,300 votes.

Results from the 609 precincts showed Davis with 137,034 votes to Gill’s 136,032. Independent John Hartman of Edwardsville received 21,319 votes in the 14 counties that comprise the newly drawn district.

Gill won three counties — McLean, Sangamon and Champaign – but fell short in Macon and Madison counties and in some of the more rural areas of the district.

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Davis, a former aide to U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, Monday launched a tour of the district in anticipation of being sworn in next month.

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“We’re getting ready to hit the ground running,” Davis said during a stop in Carlinville.

He’s scoping out potential district offices and has been assigned an office in Washington D.C.

Davis also is expected to be named to House committees on agriculture and transportation.

Contact Erickson at kurt.erickson@lee.net or 217-782-4043.

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