Illinois Democratic Rep. Melissa Bean has conceded to GOP challenger Joe Walsh, handing Republicans another victory in a race that stretched two weeks beyond Election Day.
Bean, a third-term congresswoman, phoned Walsh late Tuesday to congratulate him after final vote totals showed the Republican with a 291-vote plurality. Local election officials earlier in the day completed their tally of absentee and provisional votes in Lake, Cook and McHenry counties.
Republicans have now won 60 seats, and the party holds leads in four of the six races that remain uncalled. (Continues here)