Battleground Friday: Illinois' 13th Congressional District

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Illinois' 13th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 18, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Rodney Davis Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Rodney Davis Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Lean R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean R[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 second installment of Ballotpedia's in-depth look at each 2014 battleground district, we turn our attention to Illinois' 13th Congressional District's 2014 election.

The information below was compiled following the Illinois' candidate filing deadline. Please find all further updates on the 13th District's election page.

Current incumbent: Rodney Davis (R) was elected to the 13th District in 2012. Davis is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[4] He has also been listed by the House Majority PAC as a target in 2014.[5][6][7]

2012 MOV: Davis won the seat in 2012 with a margin of victory of 0.3% over David Gill (D). He won by 1,002 votes, while the Independent candidate in the race, John Hartman, secured 21,319 votes.

2014 candidates: Four Democratic candidates - Ann Callis, George Gollin, David Green and Bill Byrnes - are vying for the nomination. Callis is the former Chief judge of the Third Circuit of Illinois.[8][9] Davis faces a primary challenge from Michael Firsching and former Miss America Erika Harold.[10][11][12]

What made it a Ballotpedia battleground district?: 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.[13]

Polls: Davis has maintained a significant edge in polls of the race.

Outside spending: The League of Conservation Voters launched a nearly $2 million TV ad campaign on climate change on August 12, 2013, aimed at Davis and two other House Republicans -- Mike Coffman (Colorado) (R-CO) and Dan Benishek (R-MI).[14]

FEC: Davis leads in campaign contributions. As of the 2013 Year End report, Davis reported having over one million dollars in cash on hand, while Ann Callis had the second highest cash on hand amount, with a reported $517,129.[15][16] Republican challenger Erika Harold trails Davis with just $121,944 cash on hand.[17]

The information above was compiled following the Illinois' candidate filing deadline. Please find all further updates on the 13th District's election page.

Illinois' 13th Congressional District
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Population: 712,716
Gender: 49.2% Male, 50.8% Female
Race: 82.7% White, 11.3% Black, 3.5% Asian
Ethnicity: 3.1% Hispanic
Unemployment: 9%
Median household income: $44,915
High school graduation rate: 89.8%
College graduation rate: 28%

See also


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed August 5, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 5, 2014
  3. Fairvote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed August 5, 2014
  4. The Washington Post, "11 House Republicans named to incumbent-protection program," April 22, 2013
  5. Roll Call, "House Majority PAC Announces Top 2014 GOP Incumbent Targets" accessed July 16, 2013
  6. The Hill, "Dem super PAC hitting nine House Republicans on shutdown," accessed October 4, 2013
  7. KWTV, "Democratic Group Airs Shutdown Ads Targeting GOP Lawmakers," accessed October 4, 2013
  8. Belleville News-Democrat, "Chief Judge Callis resigns; Gill declines to run in 13th District again" accessed May 6, 2013
  9. Belleville News-Democrat, "Callis confirms she will run for Congress" accessed May 9, 2013
  10. Illinois Election Division, "Michael Firsching," accessed November 27, 2013
  11. News-Gazette, "Harold moving back to C-U, will announce political plans soon" accessed May 21, 2013
  12. Politico, "Ex-Miss America to run for Illinois House seat" accessed June 4, 2013
  13. Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections' presidential results by congressional district for the 2012 and 2008 elections," accessed February 5, 2014
  14. Washington Post, "Environmental group launches $2 million ad campaign on climate change," accessed August 12, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 5, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 5, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 5, 2014