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Bryant defeats Griffin, marks her third term in Illinois House

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Bryant defeats Griffin, marks her third term in Illinois House

Representative Terri Bryant addresses the crowd during the Murphysboro campaign rally, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at the Southern Illinois Airport. (Isabel Miller | @IsabelMillerDE)

Representative Terri Bryant addresses the crowd during the Murphysboro campaign rally, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at the Southern Illinois Airport. (Isabel Miller | @IsabelMillerDE)

Representative Terri Bryant addresses the crowd during the Murphysboro campaign rally, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at the Southern Illinois Airport. (Isabel Miller | @IsabelMillerDE)

Representative Terri Bryant addresses the crowd during the Murphysboro campaign rally, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at the Southern Illinois Airport. (Isabel Miller | @IsabelMillerDE)

By Austin Phelps, Staff Reporter

Two-term incumbent Terri Bryant [R – Murphysboro] defeated Marsha Griffin [D – Carbondale] in yesterday’s election for Illinois State House of Representatives in the 115th district. 36,889 votes were cast total.

Bryant took 61.4 percent of the vote, defeating Griffin by 22 points.

This is Bryant’s third-term in the Illinois House of Representatives. She was first elected in 2015.

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This is the second race in which Bryant has defeated Griffin with the first being the 2016 election for the same seat.

Bryant took 55.1 percent of the vote in the 2016 election, defeating Griffin by 10 points.

According to votesmart.org, Bryant is pro second amendment and is for lowering taxes to promote economic growth.

Bryant has voted against the healthy workplace act and against a 72 hour waiting period for owning a gun. She voted for the prohibition on screening of past salary and wages for job applicants.

According to Griffin’s Facebook page for her campaign, she has been a teacher of 13 years. She is against common-core standards and former governor Bruce Rauner.

Into the month of October Bryant had received $868,249.62 in campaign funding while Griffin received $167,965.10, according to WSIL TV. Both campaigns received a majority of funds from their respective political parties and political action committees. (PACS)

Staff reporter Austin Phelps can be reached at aphelps@dailyegyptian.com or on Twitter at @austinphelps96.

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