Incumbent Deborah Graham won re-election handily Tuesday night in the Democratic Primary for 78th District state representative.

Graham, an Austin native first elected in 2002, defeated Austin Realtor Phyllis Logan with 83 percent of the vote to 17 percent. Graham’s vote total was 17,506 to Logan’s 3,576.

The news wasn’t so good for 28th Ward Ald. Ed Smith, who took on incumbent Eugene Moore in the Cook County Recorder of Deeds contest.

Moore racked up approximately 476,637 votes, or 61 percent, compared to Smith’s 305,459 count, or roughly 40 percent of the vote. Moore was appointed Cook County Recorder of Deeds in 1999, replacing Jesse White who was elected Secretary of State.

Smith and Moore traded barbs and attacks during the race. Smith has said he’ll stay in the Chicago City Council, where he’s served for 25 years, if defeated in the Recorder’s race.


78th District State Representative

Deborah Graham 17,506 83 percent

Phyllis Logan 3,576 17 percent

Cook County Recorder of Deeds

Eugene Moore 476,637 61 percent

Ed Smith 305,459 39 percent