Rep. Mike Bost returns to Congress with win over Baricevic

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Freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Bost has won another term after defeating Democrat Charles "C.J.'' Baricevic for a southern Illinois congressional seat.

The 55-year-old former state lawmaker won re-election Tuesday after a campaign during which he said he was willing to work with Democrats in Congress. The Illinois Education Association teachers' union endorsed Bost.

The 31-year-old Baricevic was running for office for the first time. Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw also competed in the race.

Bost was first elected to the 12th Congressional District in 2014. The district borders Missouri and covers Carbondale, Belleville and Jonesboro.