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Republican Dold takes 10th Cong. District

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Cha-hee Stanfield of Chicago watches as poll results come in at the Robert Dold headquaters in Winnetka on Tuesday.

The Associated Press is reporting that Republican Robert Dold has won the 10th District congressional seat.

With 93 percent of precincts reporting, Dold had tallied 51 percent of the vote while Seals trailed with 49 percent.

Seals, the son of former Chicago Bear George Seals, lost two previous races for the congressional seat to Mark Kirk, who represented the north suburban district for 10 years.

But with Kirk opting out of the race to run for the U.S. Senate, Seals faced what seemed to be an easier path this year.

Dold, though, ran a hard race aided by a strong GOP upswing in several suburban districts, including the 10th District that sprawls across Cook and Lake counties.

Dold previously worked in the White House under President George H.W. Bush and served as an investigative counsel for the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee before coming back to the suburbs to work for the family business.

The 41-year-old Winnetka resident is president of his family's Northfield-based Rose Pest Solutions.

In this campaign, the 39-year-old Seals notably disagreed with President Obama on several key economic issues. He favored continuing across-the-board tax cuts for all Americans - though Seals previously had agreed with the president about ending President Bush's tax cuts for the wealthiest citizens. Seals also disagreed with Obama about raising the capital-gains tax for the richest Americans.