Republicans get to add another red seat to Congress.
Following the completion of ballot counting, Democratic Rep. Melissa Bean on Tuesday night called her Republican challenger, Joe Walsh, and conceded the race for Illinois' 8th Congressional District.
Roughly 300 votes separated the two candidates.
"This is a huge win for all the grassroot organizations that supported Walsh," the Palatine Tea Party said in a release. "Against all odds we defeated incumbent Melissa Bean (D) who had significantly more money and media support. This will be the upset of 2010."
Bean will make an official statement later today. The rumor among some Illinois politicos is that she may soon accept a position in the Obama Administration. This result caps off a spectacular cycle for the Illinois GOP -- at least at the federal level. Republicans picked up Barack Obama's old Senate seat and four House seats.