Republican Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim Loses Election Night Lead; Concedes Victory to Eric Rinehart

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Eric Rinehart, as candidate for Lake County State's Attorney
Eric Rinehart, as candidate for Lake County State's Attorney.

Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 conceded victory to Democratic challenger Eric Rinehart after recent votes processed after Election Day took away the Gurnee Republican’s lead and put him further behind during the past 7 days. Nerheim initially led Rinehart 41,757 votes to 25,335 votes on election night.

Eric Rinehart, of Highwood, thanked Nerheim for his years of public service, and for calling him to offer to help with the transition. Nerheim has served as Lake County State’s Attorney since December 2012.

“I think certainly the blue wave that’s been hitting Lake County for the last couple election cycles was definitely a factor.”

— Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim

“I want to ensure everyone, whether they voted for me or not, that my office will be transparent and will fight crime and racial injustice with a renewed sense of urgency.”

— Lake County State’s Attorney candidate Eric Rinehart

Democrats appear set to win four countywide elected offices and seven of the eight Lake County Board district races in the Nov. 3, 2020 election.

On Tuesday, Nerheim trailed by 11,510 votes with 151,991 votes to Rinehart’s 163,501 votes in the pre-certified tallies.

The story is the same for nearly every other Republican running in Lake County races. Most were ahead initially before watching their leads vanish once the vote-by-mail ballots were processed.

“The results show that voters in the area have rejected President Donald Trump and his ‘Republican enablers.’ “There was tremendous energy among Democrats this cycle and Donald Trump was one of the Democrats’ best volunteer recruiters of all time.”

— Lauren Beth Gash, Chair of the Lake County Democrats

In the Lake County Coroner’s race, Jennifer Banek, the Democratic challenger to Republican incumbent Howard Cooper, was already a winner on Election Night, and Banek has since increased her lead over Cooper by 17,477 votes (Banek: 165,875 votes and Cooper: 148,398).

Cooper is waiting to concede or declare victory until November 17, 2020 when votes are official.

Incumbent Republican Linda Pedersen of the Lake County Board’s 1st District was the only member of her party with a likely victory. The 1st District is located in northwest Lake County and includes Antioch, Fox Lake Hills, and Lake Catherine, Illinois.

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Eric Rinehart, as candidate for Lake County State's Attorney
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