Hillary Clinton wins Illinois

Posted at 9:04 PM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 21:04:56-05

CHICAGO (AP) — Democrat Hillary Clinton has won the presidential contest in her home state of Illinois, defeating Republican Donald Trump in her bid to become the nation’s first woman commander in chief.

Clinton topped the wealthy New York businessman on Tuesday to pick up Illinois’ 20 electoral votes.

The candidates had been locked in an increasingly bitter and divisive fight. Trump repeatedly criticized the former Secretary of State and senator from New York as “crooked Hillary,” while Clinton called Trump as “unfit” to be president.

Her victory marks the seventh consecutive presidential election in which Illinois has supported the Democratic candidate. The state last voted for a Republican presidential candidate during George H.W. Bush’s landslide victory in 1988.

Clinton was born in Chicago and raised in the suburb of Park Ridge.