LEBANON – Illinois Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) said while he's
unsure whether presidential candidate Donald Trump will win the state
overall, he’s confident Trump will win southern and central Illinois by a
The state senator, who represents the 54th District, gave his
predictions for Tuesday’s election to The Record. He said that while Illinois historically votes for
Democrats in presidential elections, he and many of his constituents supports
“I’m hoping Trump wins,” McCarter told The Record. “I feel that a lot of people are going
to vote for Trump and aren’t going to tell anybody about it. They don’t want to
be called all these names that they call [Trump].”
McCarter also predicts Republicans Dwight Kay, who is
running for re-election, and Mike Babcock, who is running for a seat in the
state House, will also win.
McCarter said he strongly believes Kay will keep his seat in the 112th House District. He was elected to the position in
2010, and this year McCarter endorsed him.
“Nobody works harder than Dwight,” McCarter said. “Nobody
knocks on as many doors as Dwight. Every election he’s had, he works hard. I
believe that people trust him and hopefully he’ll win.”
Kay faces Democratic challenger Katie Stuart, a political
newcomer and college math teacher. During his campaign, and his tenure as a representative,
he’s been critical of House Speaker Mike Madigan, D-Chicago and the budget
crisis gripping Illinois.
While he’s hopeful Babcock will also win, McCarter said that
race is much closer. Babcock faces incumbent state Rep. Daniel Beiser
(D-Alton). Babcock currently serves as Wood River Township Supervisor, and he
received an endorsement from The Chicago
“Mike has a chance to win it, but it’s a tough district,”
Babcock supports term limits for state legislators. He
said he would pursue term limit legislation in a bipartisan effort if he is
elected. He signed a pledge in September, along with a handful of other
candidates and incumbents, saying he would voluntarily limit his time in the
During this election season, McCarter said he’s noticed more
vicious attack ads on both sides of the aisle. In particular, he said some of the
attacks made against Kay have been “disgusting” and “outrageous.” He said this election season is known for its attack ads and mudslinging, but he’s never
seen it like this before.
“In the state races and the state legislative races, the ads
have been pretty tasteless,” he said. “And they have said some things that I
think – I know it’s typical for Illinois to take a small truth and then blow it
up into a huge lie, but some of these commercials I’ve seen aired are very disturbing.”
McCarter believes that voters especially feel fed up with these
kinds of politics. He said while this election has been particularly brutal, it has also energized citizens to get more involved in the political process.
“I think you’re going to see a lot more people get involved,”
he said. “The reason we’ve gotten to this point is because it’s been politics
as usual, and people haven’t gotten involved. We’ve allowed this to happen, and
now that we’re here, I think people have finally woken up and said we’re not
going to tolerate this anymore."