Dr. Sapan Shah extends his support to Douglas Bennett to unseat Schneider


Chicago: Republicans appear to have made their choice in the 10th Congressional District primary as both of Douglas Bennett’s competitors Dr. Sapan Shah and Jeremy Wynes, have conceded the tight race.
The contenders were Jeremy Wynes, a foreign policy lobbyist from Highland Park ; Sapan Shah, a medical malpractice insurance broker from Libertyville and Bennett, a business consultant from Deerfield. None of the candidates have previously held elected office.
Douglas Bennett received 8,484 votes (36.6%), Jeremy Wynes received 8,225 votes (34.6%) and Dr. Sapan Shah received 7,093 votes (29.8%).
The10th district has flipped between a Democrat and a Republican since boundaries were redrawn following the last census. The district runs along the North Shore from roughly Glencoe to the Wisconsin border and takes in northwest suburbs roughly from Prospect Heights to Fox Lake.
Shah, 37, has raised $719,000, including a loan he made to himself, while Douglas Bennet has raised $151,000 and Jeremy Wynes has raised $375,000 as of Feb. 28, according to Federal Election Commission filings.
Graciously accepting his defeat, Dr. Shah said: “Unfortunately with last night’s record low voter turnout, it’s clear that we came up short of our objective. However, as a political outsider, I’m proud of the campaign we ran, and I can’t thank my team, supporters, and volunteers enough for all of their hard work.”
He also issued an emailed statement and said he would support Bennett in his bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Congressional candidate Brad Schneider.