12/05/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Durbin Easily Wins Third Term In Senate

Democrat Dick Durbin is thanking Illinoisans for a third term in the U.S. Senate and for their support after the recent death of his daughter. Cash, experience and pro-Democrat sentiment helped Durbin beat Republican challenger Steve Sauerberg on Tuesday.

With 21 percent of precincts reporting, Durbin had 719,363 votes, or 66 percent, and Sauerberg had 331,790 votes, or 30 percent. But Durbin's victory is shadowed by the weekend death of his daughter. Forty-year-old Christine Durbin died Saturday of complications from a congenital heart condition.

Durbin has canceled his election night party but issued a Tuesday night statement saying he looks forward to "representing our great state in the Senate and working with our new President to face our historic challenges."