2014 elections review: Illinois holds congressional primaries

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March 19, 2014

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

The second primary of the 2014 election season took place in Illinois on March 18, 2014. Here is a recap of what happened yesterday in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House.

U.S. Senate

See also: United States Senate elections in Illinois, 2014

Three-term incumbent Dick Durbin, first elected in 1996, ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. On the Republican ticket, state Senator Jim Oberweis beat out 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

Eighteen seats are up for grabs in Illinois' 2014 U.S. House elections. Heading into the general election, the Democratic Party holds 12 of Illinois' 18 congressional seats. Two of the state's 18 U.S. House seats qualify as Battleground 2014 Districts. District 12 has a D incumbent and District 13 has an R incumbent. Either seat could change party hands come November; the remaining sixteen U.S. House seats in Illinois will almost certainly be represented by the same party in 2015 as in 2014.

Members of the U.S. House from Illinois -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of September 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 ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Jimmy Lee Tillman II ran unopposed in the Republican primary.[2]

District 2

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

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

District 3

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

Incumbent Daniel Lipinski ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Sharon Brannigan defeated Diane Harris in the Republican primary.[2]

District 4

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

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

District 5

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

Incumbent Mike Quigley ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.[2] No Republican candidate filed to run. 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 ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Michael Mason ran unopposed on the Democratic ticket.[2]

District 7

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

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

District 8

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

Incumbent Tammy Duckworth ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Lawrence Kaifesh defeated Manju Goel in the Republican primary.[2]

District 9

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

Incumbent Jan Schakowsky ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Republican candidate David Earl Williams, III was defeated by Susanne Atanus in the Republican primary.[2]

District 10

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

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

District 11

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

Incumbent Bill Foster ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Darlene Senger beat out Chris Balkema, Ian Bayne and Bert Miller for the Republican 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 ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. State Rep. Mike Bost ran 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]

The National Journal has included the 12th District on a list of House seats most likely to flip in 2014.[5]

District 13

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

Incumbent Rodney Davis (R) defeated two challengers -- Michael Firsching and former Miss America Erika Harold. On the Democratic ticket four candidates were in the running for the nomination. Former Chief judge of the Third Circuit of Illinois Ann Callis defeated George Gollin and David Green in the Democratic primary.[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.[6]

District 14

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

Incumbent Randy Hultgren ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Dennis Anderson defeated John Hosta in the Democratic primary.[2]

District 15

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

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

District 16

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

Incumbent Adam Kinzinger (R) defeated David Hale for the nomination. Democratic candidate Randall Olsen ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.[2]

District 17

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

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

District 18

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

Incumbent Aaron Schock ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Darrel Miller defeated Rob Mellon in the Democratic primary.[2]

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