ILLINOIS (WEAU)- Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh was defeated Tuesday by Tammy Duckworth, his Democratic challenger in Illinois' 8th congressional district.
With 41 percent of the votes counted, Duckworth led Walsh 56.3 percent to 43.7 percent. The race was called by NBC.
It was a volatile and closely watched race. Walsh repeatedly attacked Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran and double amputee, for speaking "too much" about her military service and implied that she wasn't a "true hero." He also attracted national attention last month when he stated that he was opposed to abortion, including in circumstances when the life of the mother is at stake.
Nearly $6.6 million in outside spending was reported in the contest, including $2.7 million worth of ads attacking Duckworth poured into the race by conservative super PACs in recent weeks.
Duckworth, for her part, went negative in an ad released late last month that criticized the Illinois congressman over $117,00 in back child support this ex-wife alleged he owed in a now-settled lawsuit. Walsh brought his children into the matter as his 25-year-old son Joe Jr. appeared in a television ad urging Duckworth to pull the "deadbeat dad" ad from the airwaves.