With all due respect to his two Democratic Primary challengers, incumbent U.S. Rep. Danny Davis’ victory in Tuesday night’s election was nothing short of a good ol’ country butt-whippin’.

Davis, an Arkansas native and five-term U.S. congressman for the 7th District, trounced his primary rivals, Democrats Jim Ascot and Robert Dallas.

Davis won with 88 percent of the vote with 576 of 705 precincts reporting as of Wednesday morning. Neither opponent cracked double digits, with Ascot and Dallas receiving 8 percent and 4 percent respectively. Nearly 60,000 voters punched a ballot for Davis in the low-voter turnout election Tuesday.

Davis was first elected in 1996, taking over the seat held by longtime U.S. House representative Cardiss Collins. Davis’ legislative agenda includes securing resources for ex-offenders and seeking affordable housing development for poor or low-income communities on the West Side.

?”Terry Dean