Illinois' 11th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Illinois' 11th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 18, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Bill Foster Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Bill Foster Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely D[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe D[3]

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

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The 11th Congressional District of Illinois held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Bill Foster (D), who was first elected in 2012, defeated challenger Darlene Senger (R) in the general election. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 18, 2014.[4] Senger won a congested Republican primary by defeating opponents Bert Miller, Ian Bayne and Chris Balkema.

Foster was a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 14th District of Illinois, but was unseated in the 2010 election. He was one of nine individuals elected to U.S. House in 2012 who had prior congressional experience, and one of five House Democrats ousted in 2010 who came back to unseat freshman Republican members two years later.[5][6]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Senger (R) to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this were set to receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[7]

Despite the interest from outside groups, Cook Political Report rated the district as "Likely D." Foster also held a large sum of cash-on-hand with close to $1.4 million for his campaign. Senger had significantly less cash-on-hand, but received a modest sum of contributions that totaled almost $200,000 during the Federal Election Commission July Quarterly.[8]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
December 2, 2013
March 18, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Illinois is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Voters do not have to register with a party, but they do have to choose, publicly, which party's ballot they will vote on at the primary election.[9]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by February 18, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 7, 2014.[10]

See also: Illinois elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Bill Foster (D), who was first elected in 2012.

Illinois' 11th Congressional District includes the towns of Joliet, Bloomington, Normal, Kankakee, LaSalle, Ottawa and Streator. It also includes all or parts of Will, Kankakee, Grundy, LaSalle, Bureau, Woodford and McLean counties.[11]

Candidates

General election candidates


March 18, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Withdrew from race

Election results

General election results

The 11th Congressional District of Illinois held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Bill Foster (D) defeated challenger Darlene Senger (R) in the general election.

U.S. House, Illinois District 11 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Foster Incumbent 53.5% 93,436
     Republican Darlene Senger 46.5% 81,335
Total Votes 174,771
Source: Illinois Secretary of State Official Results

Primary results

U.S. House, Illinois District 11 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDarlene Senger 36.9% 13,290
Chris Balkema 33.4% 12,024
Bert Miller 26.3% 9,460
Ian Bayne 3.5% 1,253
Total Votes 36,027
Source: Illinois State Board of Elections

Issues

Duck Dynasty

Ian Bayne (R) expressed support for “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson on December 20, 2013, and compared the reality television personality to civil rights icon Rosa Parks.[16][17]

Bayne wrote, "In December 1955, Rosa Parks took a stand against an unjust societal persecution of black people, and in December 2013, Robertson took a stand against persecution of Christians. What Parks did was courageous. What Mr. Robertson did was courageous too.”[16]

Key votes

Below are important votes the incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[18] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[19] Bill Foster voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Bill Foster voted for HR 2775.[22]

Polls

General election match-upo
Poll Bill Foster (D) Darlene Senger (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
We Ask America
June 11, 2014
46%42%12%+/--842
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Media

NPF


New Prosperity Foundation's March 2014 ad for Bert Miller.

New Prosperity Foundation (NPF), a political group based in Chicago, released an ad for Bert Miller (R) on March 6, 2014.[23][24] The ad buy reportedly cost $53,000.[25] Miller was defeated in the Republican primary.

Endorsements

Darlene Senger

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Darlene Senger (R) to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this list received "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[26][27]

Campaign contributions

Bill Foster

Darlene Senger

Ian Bayne

Chris Balkema

Bert Miller

Bert Miller (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year End[48]January 31, 2014$0$311,375$(64,189)$247,185
Running totals
$311,375$(64,189)

Craig Robbins

Craig Robbins (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[49]July 15, 2013$0$10,000$(262)$9,737
October Quarterly[50]October 15, 2013$9,737$0$(5,366)$4,371
Year End[51]January 31, 2014$4,371$2,155$(1,514)$5,012
Running totals
$12,155$(7,142)

District history

Candidate ballot access
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2012

On November 6, 2012, Bill Foster (D) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Judy Biggert and Diane Harris in the general election.

U.S. House, Illinois District 11 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Foster 58.6% 148,928
     Republican Judy Biggert Incumbent 41.4% 105,348
Total Votes 254,276
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Adam Kinzinger won election to the United States House. He defeated Deborah L. Halvorson (D) in the general election.[52]

U.S. House, Illinois District 11 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Kinzinger 57.3% 129,108
     Democratic Deborah L. Halvorson incumbent 42.7% 96,019
Total Votes 225,127

See also

External links

References

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  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
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