Ex-rep wins back Chicago-area seat
 
Brad Schneider is projected to defeat Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.), winning back a competitive seat in the third election battle between the two.
 
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Dold had lost his seat to Schneider in 2012, then won it back in 2014. Illinois’s 10th district, which includes some Chicago suburbs, is known for being competitive.
 
Democrats targeted the district as a pickup opportunity as they sought to take control of the House. President Obama, who won the district by double-digits in 2012, cut an ad backing Schneider. 
 
During the campaign, the candidates sparred on issues including gun control and the Iran nuclear deal. 
 
Schneider blasted Dold for not backing a petition to force a floor vote on legislation to prevent those suspected of being terrorists from buying guns. But Dold has said that he supports more restrictions on gun ownership and is a co-sponsor of the “No Fly, No Buy” bill. The two candidates both have “F” ratings from the National Rifle Association.
 
Dold has called the Iran deal a mistake and attacked Schneider over it. Schneider opposed the deal when it was released, but says it should be enforced now that it has taken effect.
 
 
The contest was one of the most expensive House races this cycle. Dold raised more than $5 million, and Schneider raised more than $4 million.
 
Dold received endorsements from several newspapers in the area, including the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. Schneider was endorsed by groups including the Sierra Club, the Illinois Federation of Teachers and the AFL-CIO.