Update 9:14 p.m.
With 104 of 104 precincts reporting, along with early voting and vote by mail ballots, Link leads with 66.57 percent of the votes. Don Castella has 33.43 percent. The actual vote totals, according to unofficial results, show Link with 41,077 votes and Castella with 20,625.
Update 8:56 p.m.
Terry Link leads with 65.24 percent of the votes with all 104 precincts reporting, minus the early voting, vote by mail, provisional and late-arriving ballots. Don Castella has 34.76 percent of the votes.
Terry Link gathered with supporters at Fiamico Pizza in Waukegan. It was a festive atmosphere, with balloons and plastic red Democrat hats.
Elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996, Link said he is pleased with tonight's results.
"I feel good," said Link.
Regarding his opponent, Republican candidate Don Castella, Link said he has nothing against him.
"I don't run against anyone, I run for," said Link. "I have nothing against (Castella) for running against me. I have nothing bad to say about him."
Link said his focus is now shifting toward the other Lake County races that could be impacted by the 100,000-plus early votes that must still be factored in to tonight's totals.
"There's a lot of races that early voting could impact," said Link. "Tomorrow could be a real happy day for us."
Update 8:37 p.m.
With 103 of 104 precincts reporting, Sen. Terry Link leads with 65.43 percent of the votes, while Don Castella has 34.57 percent, according to unofficial results from the Lake County Clerk's Office.
UPDATE 7:33 p.m. - Terry Link leads with over 66% of the early result totals, to Don Castella's 33%, according to unofficial results from the Lake County Clerk's office.
State Sen. Terry Link, a Democrat, is being challenged for his 30th District Senate seat by Republican Don Castella.
The 30th State Senate District includes several communities including parts of Buffalo Grove, Green Oaks, Lincolnshire, Mettawa, Mundelein, North Chicago, Wheeling and Vernon Hills. The Illinois State Board of Elections has a district locator.
Patch will be updating election results on this page throughout the evening.Candidate Percentage Total Vote Precincts Reporting Don Castella (R) 33.49% 2,409 20 of 104 Terry Link (D) 66.51% 4,784
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