2014 elections preview: Illinois to hold congressional primaries

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March 17, 2014

Illinois

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

The second primary of the 2014 election season will take place in Illinois on March 18, 2014. Here is a preview of what to expect in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House.

Polls are open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm Central Time.

U.S. Senate

See also: United States Senate elections in Illinois, 2014

Incumbent Dick Durbin has no Democratic primary challenger. On the Republican ticket, state Senator Jim Oberweis will take on Doug Truax for the nomination.[1] The winner will advance to the general election to take on Durbin and Libertarian party candidate Sharon Hansen.

U.S. House

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2014

There are 18 seats up for grabs in Illinois' 2014 congressional elections. Heading into the general election, the Democratic Party holds 12 of Illinois' 18 congressional seats.

Members of the U.S. House from Illinois -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of July 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 12 Pending
     Republican Party 6 Pending
Total 18 18

District 1

See also: Illinois' 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Bobby Rush is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. Jimmy Lee Tillman II is running unopposed in the Republican primary.[2]

District 2

See also: Illinois' 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Robin Kelly, seeking her first full term, is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. Eric Wallace is running unopposed in the Republican primary.[2]

District 3

See also: Illinois' 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Daniel Lipinski is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. Diane Harris and Sharon Brannigan are both vying for the nomination on the Republican ticket. [2]

District 4

See also: Illinois' 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Luis Gutierrez faces two primary challengers--Jorge Zavala and Alexandra Eidenberg. Hector Concepcion is running unopposed on the Republican ticket.[2]

District 5

See also: Illinois' 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Mike Quigley is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.[2] No Republican candidate will appear on the ballot. Quigley will face Green Party candidate Nancy Wade in the general election.[2]

District 6

See also: Illinois' 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Peter Roskam is running unopposed in the Republican primary. Michael Mason is running unopposed on the Democratic ticket.[2]

District 7

See also: Illinois' 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Danny K. Davis is running unopposed on the Democratic ticket. Republican candidate Robert Bumpers is running unopposed in the primary.[2]

District 8

See also: Illinois' 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Tammy Duckworth is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. Republican candidates Manju Goel and Lawrence Kaifesh will battle in the primary for the nomination.[2]

District 9

See also: Illinois' 9th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Jan Schakowsky is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. Republican candidates David Earl Williams, III and Susanne Atanus will face off in the primary for the nomination.[2]

District 10

See also: Illinois' 10th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Brad Schneider is running unopposed on the Democratic ticket. Republican candidate Robert J. Dold, former 10th District Representative is running unopposed in the primary.[2] Schneider unseated Dold in 2012.

District 11

See also: Illinois' 11th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Bill Foster is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. Republican candidates Chris Balkema, Darlene Senger, Ian Bayne and Bert Miller are running in the primary for the nomination.[2]

District 12

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See also: Illinois' 12th Congressional District elections, 2014 and U.S. House battleground districts, 2014

Incumbent William Enyart is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. state Rep. Mike Bost is running unopposed on the Republican ticket.[2] The two will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014. The 12th District is included as one of the U.S. House battleground districts in 2014.

The Cook PVI listed this race as virtually even and the Fairvote projections show the district as only slightly favoring Democrats. In addition, the district has become increasingly competitive in presidential elections. In 2012, Obama barely won the district with 1.5% over Mitt Romney. Additionally, this is Enyart's first bid for re-election. According to a poll released by NRCC Chairman Greg Walden in November 2013, Enyart only had a 25% approval rating in his district and 40% of those polled were undecided.[3][4]

District 13

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See also: Illinois' 13th Congressional District elections, 2014 and U.S. House battleground districts, 2014

Incumbent Rodney Davis faces two primary challengers--Michael Firsching and former Miss America Erika Harold. On the Democratic ticket four candidates are in the running for the nomination--Former Chief judge of the Third Circuit of Illinois Ann Callis, George Gollin and David Green.[2] The 13th District is included as one of the U.S. House battleground districts in 2014.

The Cook PVI lists this race as virtually even and the Fairvote projections show the district as only slightly leaning Republican. Additionally, the district has become increasingly competitive in presidential elections. In 2008, Barack Obama won the district by 11%. In 2012, this flipped and Mitt Romney won the district by 0.3% over Obama.[5]

District 14

See also: Illinois' 14th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Randy Hultgren is running unopposed in the Republican primary. Dennis Anderson and John Hosta will face off in the Democratic primary.[2]

District 15

See also: Illinois' 15th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent John Shimkus is running unopposed in the Republican primary. Eric Thorsland is running unopposed on the Democratic ticket.[2]

District 16

See also: Illinois' 16th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Adam Kinzinger (R) faces a primary challenge from David Hale. Democratic candidate Randall Olsen will run unopposed in the Democratic primary.[2]

District 17

See also: Illinois' 17th Congressional District elections, 2014

Former District 17 Representative Bobby Schilling is running unopposed in the Republican primary. Incumbent Cheri Bustos will also run unopposed in the Democratic primary. The two will face off in a rematch after Bustos managed to unseat Schilling in 2012.[2]

District 18

See also: Illinois' 18th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Aaron Schock will run unopposed in the Republican primary. Democratic candidates Rob Mellon and Darrel Miller will face off for the nomination.[2]

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