Battleground Friday: Illinois' 12th Congressional District

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Illinois' 12th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 18, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Mike Bost Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
William Enyart Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Toss Up[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean D[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Toss Up[3]

Illinois U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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By Jennifer Springer and the Congress team


In the first installment of Ballotpedia's in-depth look at each 2014 battleground district, the Congress team turns its attention to Illinois' 12th Congressional District's 2014 election.

Current incumbent: William Enyart (D) was elected to the 12th District in 2012. Enyart is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[4]

2012 MOV: Enyart replaced primary winner Brad Harriman (D) after he withdrew from the race in May 2012.[5] Enyart won the seat in 2012 with a margin of victory of 8.9% over Jason Plummer (R).

2014 candidates: Incumbent William Enyart (D) and state Rep. Mike Bost (R) both face no primary challenger. They will face each other, and Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw, in the general election on November 4, 2014. Bradshaw managed to secure almost 6% of the total votes in 2012.[6]

What made it a Ballotpedia battleground district?: 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.[7][8]

FEC: Enyart has dominated the money race. Bost reported just over $43,000 at the end of 2013, while Enyart had more than nine times that amount, with $409,119 cash on hand.[9][10]

The information above was compiled following the Illinois' candidate filing deadline. Please find all further updates on the 12th District's election page.
Illinois' 12th Congressional District
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Population: 713,289
Gender: 48.9% Male, 51.1% Female
Race: 79% White, 17.1% Black, 1.1% Asian
Ethnicity: 3% Hispanic
Unemployment: 9.7%
Median household income: $42,181
High school graduation rate: 88.4%
College graduation rate: 20.9%

See also