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Democrats’ new map leads to biggest legislative election in 10 years

Democrats designed a legislative map that puts pressure on suburban Republicans, but the new boundaries also have resulted in Chicago’s biggest House and Senate primary election in 10 years.

The remap created opportunities for newcomers in the city and added new terrain for those already serving at the Capitol. That’s led to some contentious campaigns in Chicago, where Democrats are so dominant that winning Tuesday’s primary election is tantamount to winning a spot in Springfield. And the intensity is magnified because this primary may be the last, best shot a new or insurgent candidate has to win a legislative seat until the next new district maps are crafted a decade from now.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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