PEORIA — Darin LaHood cruised to renomination for another term in Congress Tuesday in preliminary election results.
The Peoria Republican will seek his second full term in office in November after a victory over Woodford County resident Donald Rients, who worked in an IT position at State Farm.
LaHood was leading in final results 61,576 to 16,493, a lead of 79 percent to 21 percent.
He was first elected during a special election in 2015 to fill the seat of resigned U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. He'd previously served in the state Senate.
LaHood's re-election campaign focused on his record in Congress, including GOP achievements in the past year such as the tax-reform legislation passed and signed into law by President Donald Trump.
Rients had challenged LaHood in that special election and come in last in a three-way race then. He mounted a quiet campaign during the primary this time.