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2008 United States Senate election in Illinois

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2008 United States Senate election in Illinois

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Nominee Dick Durbin Steve Sauerberg
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 3,615,844 1,520,621
Percentage 67.8% 28.5%

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County results
Durbin:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Sauerberg:      40–50%      50–60%

U.S. senator before election

Dick Durbin

Elected U.S. Senator

Dick Durbin

The 2008 United States Senate election in Illinois was held on November 4, 2008. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin sought a third term in office and faced minimal opposition from Republican Steve Sauerberg. As expected, Durbin overwhelmingly won re-election.

Election information

The primaries and general elections coincided with those for other federal elections (United States President and House), as well as those for state offices.


For the primary elections, turnout was 32.37%, with 2,364,409 votes cast.[1][2] For the general election, turnout was 68.42%, with 5,329,884 votes cast.[1][2]

Democratic primary



Democratic primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dick Durbin (incumbent) 1,653,833 100.00%
Total votes 1,653,833 100.00%

Republican primary


  • Steve Sauerberg, physician
  • Andy Martin, perennial candidate
  • Mike Psak, trucker and perennial candidate


Republican primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Sauerberg 395,199 55.62%
Republican Andy Martin 240,548 33.85%
Republican Mike Psak 74,829 10.53%
Total votes 710,576 100.00%

General election


Durbin comfortably won re-election with the best margin of his career, winning all but four of the state's 102 counties.

2008 United States Senate election in Illinois[1][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Dick Durbin (incumbent) 3,615,844 67.84% +7.51%
Republican Steve Sauerberg 1,520,621 28.53% -9.49%
Green Kathy Cummings 119,135 2.24% 0.00%
Libertarian Larry A. Stafford 50,224 0.94% -0.70%
Constitution Chad N. Koppie 24,059 0.45% 0.00%
Total votes 5,329,884 100.00% N/A
Democratic hold

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Voter Turnout". Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Election Results". Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Ballots Cast". February 5, 2008. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 4, 2008" (PDF). Retrieved April 4, 2015.

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