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Paul Simon was a native of Oregon who later became an Illinois citizen. He entered the political arena in 1954 by winning a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives. In a surprising victory, Simon became a Senator in 1984. He defeated three-time incumbent, Charles Percy, in a narrow victory securing 50% of the vote. He had a failed presidential nomination in 1988.

Simon won re-election for the Senate in 1990 by defeating Lynn Martin. Simon won the election with 65% of the vote and had over 1 million more votes than Martin. This marks one of the largest margins of victory for any Senator.

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Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. (0109). U.S. Senator Paul Simon. Southern Illinois University. https://paulsimoninstitute.siu.edu/about/senator-paul-simon.php

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