Democrat Mike Quigley has won the Illinois congressional seat given up by Rahm Emanuel when he left to become President Barack Obama's chief of staff.

Quigley defeated Republican Rosanna Pulido and Green Party candidate Matt Reichel for the seat, holding 70 percent of the vote with 94 percent of precincts reporting.

With this win, Quigley will fill out the remainder of Emanuel's two-year term, which he won in the November 2008 elections.

Although Quigley said he will most likely be thought of at first as the guy taking Rahm Emanuel's seat, he promised he would establish his own credentials, push for change and help tackle the nation's problems.

We have our work cut out for us, but we'll get it done, one day at a time, Quigley said.

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