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Carol Sente leading Sid Mathias in closely watched state House race

Updated: December 8, 2012 6:18AM

A northwest suburban legislative battle pitting two House incumbents favored Democratic state Rep. Carol Sente Tuesday night in one of the Statehouse’s most closely watched campaigns.

Sente (D-Vernon Hills) led state Rep. Sidney Mathias (R-Buffalo Grove) 56-44 percent, with 52 percent of precincts reporting.

But in another high-stakes battle, trend lines had yet to emerge to show whether longtime Republican state Rep. Angelo “Skip” Saviano would overcome Kathleen Willis, whose nearly invisible campaign in the 77th House District was funded mostly by House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Madigan had also doubled-down on the independent candidacy of Dee Beaubien, widow of late Republican state Rep. Mark Beaubien, who sought to win her husband’s seat in her campaign against Republican David McSweeney.

But neither race for House seats could be called Tuesday evening.

Jon Seidel, with Dave McKinney

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