2014 elections preview: Illinois to hold congressional primaries
By Ballotpedia's Congressional team
Polls are open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm Central Time.
Incumbent Dick Durbin has no Democratic primary challenger. On the Republican ticket, state Senator Jim Oberweis will take on Doug Truax for the nomination. The winner will advance to the general election to take on Durbin and Libertarian party candidate Sharon Hansen.
|Members of the U.S. House from Illinois -- Partisan Breakdown|
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Incumbent Mike Quigley is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. No Republican candidate will appear on the ballot. Quigley will face Green Party candidate Nancy Wade in the general election.
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. Schneider unseated Dold in 2012.
Incumbent William Enyart is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. state Rep. Mike Bost is running unopposed on the Republican ticket. 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.
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. 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.
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.
- United States Senate elections in Illinois, 2014
- United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2014
- Battleground Friday: Illinois' 12th Congressional District
- Battleground Friday: Illinois' 13th Congressional District
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "U.S. Senate Candidates," accessed March 16, 2014
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Primary Candidate List," accessed March 16, 2014
- Battleground Polling, "NRCC Poll Gives Bost and Dold edge," accessed February 3, 2014
- The Hill, "NRCC chief: ObamaCare will doom Democrats," accessed February 3, 2014
- Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections' presidential results by congressional district for the 2012 and 2008 elections," accessed February 5, 2014