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Rob Mellon loses Democratic Primary

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - The party started out with a very positive vibe but after an hour, it was clear Rob Mellon would have a difficult time winning the primary. 

Mellon lost the election by roughly 1,000 votes.  Mellon was running for Congress in the 18th District against fellow democratic candidate Darrel Miller.  Mellon was hopeful he'd get the chance to challenge incumbent Aaron Shock in November.  He said the results came as a big surprise.

"I just thought I'd do better in the northern counties," Mellon said. "The fact that Mr. Miller had been a Republican all his life until this year is really surprising to me that the core group of Democrats, even in the northern counties, would've come out and supported me a little in greater numbers, but that's the nature of it."

Mellon did get a large amount of support in Adams County getting roughly 75 percent of the votes.  He said right now he's not actively pursuing another political run, but he is still open to the idea. 

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