Primary elections wrap up; results in McLean County

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BLOOMINGTON – The Illinois primary election wrapped up Tuesday night – and no surprise it was President Joe Biden and Donald Trump winning in their respective parties.

Mike O’Neal wins the GOP primary for McLean County Board District 2

Mike O’Neal has won the Republican primary to replace a retiring member of the McLean County Board

The incumbent, Jim Soeldner, did not run for reelection, meaning his spot was up for grabs. On the Republican side was O’Neal and Dennis Grundler.

The 2nd District is located in the southeastern portion of the county and is largely rural.

O’Neal grabbed 1,330 votes or 75% of the votes to Grundler’s 447, which was about 25%.

He will now go on to face Raul Martinez, a Democrat, in the November election to see who will sit on the board for the next four years.

Don Everhart easily wins GOP primary for circuit clerk job

The office of McLean County Circuit Clerk will not have to change the letterhead.

By a wide margin, incumbent Don Everhart beat Jason Dazey to win Tuesday’s Republican primary. With no Democrat running in the primary, it’s likely Everhart will be unopposed during the November general election.

With 100% of the precincts reporting, Everhart had 8,371 votes or 74% to Dazey’s 2,993 votes which was about 26%.

Given that there is no current challenger in November, it’s likely that Everhart will begin his fifth term in the office later this year.

McLean County Board member ousted in District 3 primary battle by Brian Loeffler

A farmer in rural McLean County has beaten an incumbent member of the McLean County Board.

Brian Loeffler won handily over George O. Wendt, the incumbent, in this largely rural district in southwestern McLean County. Loeffler got 1,318 or 66% of the vote to Wendt’s 34% or 677 votes.

Loeffler will now go on to face Rob Ogborn, a Democrat, in the November election to see who will sit on the board for the next four years.

Deering wins Illinois District 88 State House Republican Primary

The AP declared Regan Deering the winner of the Republican Primary for the Illinois District 88 State House seat on Tuesday.

Regan Deering received 2,639 votes and Chuck Erickson received 659 votes.

The seat is currently held by Rep. Dan Caulkins.

March 19 Illinois Primary McLean County Races


JASON DAZEYRepublican2,99326.34%
Updated: 7 hours ago 100% reporting
MIKE O’NEILRepublicanRACE NOT CALLED1,33074.85%
DENNIS GRUNDLERRepublican44725.15%
Updated: 7 hours ago 100% reporting
GEORGE O. WENDTRepublican67733.93%
Updated: 7 hours ago 100% reporting

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