UPDATE, Nov. 9, 11:44 a.m. Congressman-Elect Eric Sorensen (IL-17) issued the following statement on the results of the general election for Illinois’ 17th Congressional District:

“This morning, my opponent Esther Joy King called to concede. I thank her for running, and while we disagreed on the issues, we both have a passion for service.” 

“I am honored to have been elected to serve as the next Congressman for Illinois’ 17th Congressional District. I’ve worked to serve the people of Central & NW Illinois for 22 years, earning their trust by telling them the truth and helping them make the right decisions for their lives. In Congress, I will bring that same honesty to representing them and commitment to fighting for lower costs, reproductive rights, and good-paying, sustainable jobs right here at home.” 

“Our communities are stronger when we work together, neighbor by neighbor — I look forward to advocating on behalf of the people of Central & NW Illinois in Congress and making sure that they have a seat at the table. And I look forward to continuing to be a good neighbor.”

EARLIER: Eric Sorensen claimed victory over Esther Joy King early Wednesday in the race to replace U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos in the 17th Congressional District of Illinois.

“Wow, I couldn’t be happier, standing with you tonight, declaring that we did it,” Sorensen said to start his victory speech in Moline. “The meteorologist is going to Congress!”

You can watch his entire speech in the video above.

Sorensen led King by more than 7,000 votes with around 90 percent of the precincts reporting at 2:30 a.m. The Associated Press had not called the race for Sorensen at that time, but the New York Times listed it as “very likely” to go to him. According to the newspaper’s analysis, most of the remaining votes were near Peoria and Rockford, areas that heavily favored Sorensen.

King did not make a statement.

“I am honored to be the Congressman-Elect for Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, a place I’ve called home nearly my entire life,” Sorensen added on social media. “To the wonderful people of Central & Northwest Illinois – this is for you.”

Eric Sorensen gives a victory speech at Pour Bros. in Moline on Wednesday, November 9, 2022. (Bryan Bobb, OurQuadCities.com)