2014 elections review: Three incumbents defeated in Illinois state legislative primaries

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March 19, 2014

By Ballotpedia's State legislative team

March 18 elections in Illinois saw a total of 29 state legislative primaries. Contests were held for one Democratic primary and one Republican primary in the Illinois State Senate. The Illinois House of Representatives held 12 Democratic primaries and 15 Republican primaries. In those elections, 14 incumbents faced primary competition; one in the Senate and 13 in the House. Three incumbents in the House were defeated by primary challengers.

Contested Primaries in Illinois -- March 18, 2014
State Senate
(19 seats)
State House
(118 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 1 (5.3%) 12 (10.2%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 1 (5.3%) 15 (12.7%)

Senate

Two primary contests were held in the Illinois State Senate. The only incumbent to face primary opposition, Don Harmon, defeated his primary opponent.

Illinois State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 35 40
     Republican Party 24 19
Total 59 59

House

Twenty-seven primary contests were held in the Illinois House of Representatives. Thirteen incumbents, 8 Democrats and 5 Republicans, faced primary competition.

Illinois House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 64 71
     Republican Party 54 47
Total 118 118

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