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2014 elections review: Illinois holds congressional primaries
By Ballotpedia's Congressional team
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. The winner will advance to the general election to take on Durbin and Libertarian party candidate Sharon Hansen.
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|
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Incumbent Brad Schneider ran unopposed on the Democratic ticket. Republican candidate Robert J. Dold, former 10th District Representative ran unopposed in the primary. Schneider unseated Dold in 2012.
Incumbent William Enyart ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. State Rep. Mike Bost ran 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 (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. 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 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.
- 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
- Unofficial U.S. House results via the Associated Press
- Unofficial U.S. Senate results via the Associated Press
- 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
- National Journal, "The Hotline's House Race Rankings: The House Seats Most Likely to Flip," accessed February 3, 2014
- Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections' presidential results by congressional district for the 2012 and 2008 elections," accessed February 5, 2014