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Voters in central Illinois have given the Republican nomination to state Sen. Darin LaHood in the race to replace former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. That means the son of former area congressman and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is likely headed to Washington.

However, the family relationship was a delicate balance for the younger LaHood on the campaign trail. He portrayed himself as far more conservative than his dad and tried to distinguish his own career as a former prosecutor and a state senator.

LaHood heads into the Sept. 10 special general election as the favorite after defeating anti-establishment conservative writer Michael Flynn. LaHood will face Democratic high school teacher Robert Mellon.

Schock resigned in March amid mounting scrutiny of his spending, including a redecoration of his office in the style of TV's "Downton Abbey."

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