President Donald Trump rallied Republicans in southern Illinois over the weekend. This week, a prominent Democrat returned the favor. Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden made a stop in St. Charles on Wednesday to drum up support for 14th congressional candidate Lauren Underwood. She faces Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren.
Supporters of Lauren Underwood at a Kane County Fairgrounds building were warmed up by a series of speakers and Grammy winning artist Keb’ Mo’ before hearing from the candidate herself. Then it was Joe Biden’s turn. The former vice-president blended a critique of the present state of the country with personal anecdotes to issue a call for action.
“We have to make it clear that that the Democrats choose hope over fear, that we choose unity over division, that we choose allies over enemies, truth over lies,” he said, his voice rising in a crescendo over the cheering audience.
Biden told the enthusiastic crowd that if they do that, they could help heal the divisions currently afflicting the country.
“If we stand for who we’ve always been, we will win on Tuesday. And we will take back this country. And a lot of Republicans will come back.”
Biden shook hands with Underwood supporters, then headed to southern Illinois and the 12th District to rally support for Brendan Kelly’s race against incumbent Republican Mike Bost.
Some observers call the race between Underwood and incumbent Randy Hultgren in the traditionally Republican district a tossup. But a victory would still be considered an upset.