Illinois' 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

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U.S. House, Illinois District 12 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Bill Enyart Incumbent 41.64% 84,136
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Bost 52.68% 106,435
     Green Paula Bradshaw 5.68% 11,474
Total Votes 202,045
Source: Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.


2012

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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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The 12th Congressional District of Illinois held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
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Incumbent William Enyart (D), who was first elected in 2012, lost to challenger Mike Bost (R) in the general election.[4] Both candidates ran unopposed in the party primaries. Third party candidate Paula Bradshaw ran as a Green Party candidate.

As a freshman incumbent, Enyart was also a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program was designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents during the 2014 election cycle.[5] The National Republican Congressional Committee added Mike Bost (R) to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this list were set to receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[6][7] The National Republican Congressional Committee correctly reported that they believed the seat was likely to flip Republican in the general election.[8]

Both candidates had adequate financial resources at their disposal. Though Enyart out-funded his opponents, Bost had a surge of contributions during July.[9] Cook Political Report designated the race as a toss-up.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12]

See also: Illinois elections, 2014

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

Illinois' 12th Congressional District makes up the southern tip of the state. It includes the counties of Jefferson, Perry, Franklin, Williamson, Union, Alexander, Pulaski, Jackson, Randolph, Monroe, St. Claire and part of Madison County.[13]

Candidates

General election candidates


March 18, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Green Party Green Party Primary


Elections

General election results

The 12th Congressional District of Illinois held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Challenger Mike Bost (R) defeated incumbent William Enyart (D) and fellow challenger Paula Bradshaw (G) in the general election.

U.S. House, Illinois District 12 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Bill Enyart Incumbent 41.64% 84,136
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Bost 52.68% 106,435
     Green Paula Bradshaw 5.68% 11,474
Total Votes 202,045
Source: Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Race background

Incumbent William Enyart (D) was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program was designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents during the 2014 election cycle.[5] The National Journal included the 12th District on a list of House seats most likely to flip in 2014.[16]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Mike Bost (R) to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this list were set to receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[17][18]

Polls

General election
Poll Mike Bost (R) William Enyart (D)Paula Bradshaw (G)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Tarrance Group
April 21-23, 2014
43%37%9%11%+/-4.9400
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Issues

See also: Energy and the 2014 election: the ballots and beyond

Mike Bost

Bost's campaign website listed the following issues:[19]

  • Improving Agriculture: "Agriculture is another key industry that Mike believes the government should support and further develop. Throughout his career in the Illinois State House, Mike has fought to keep property taxes and equipment taxes low in an effort to support the farm industry. He will bring that same type of philosophy as a Member of Congress."
  • Moving Toward Energy Independence : "For too long, we have lacked a long-term energy plan. It’s time to stop talking about the need to becoming more energy independent and start working on an agenda, in a bipartisan manner, to actually move us closer to it. Mike believes that America can and should be energy independent, and that a focus on exploration, innovation and technology are the keys to harnessing our own natural resources."
  • Accessible & Affordable Healthcare: "Obamacare is more than a broken website. The website was just the tip of the iceberg and as the full implementation of Obamacare continues to roll out. Mike Bost believes that individuals, families and small businesses understand their health care needs better than government bureaucrats. We can agree with the provisions of allowing younger Americans to remain on their parent’s insurance, banning insurance companies from denying pre-existing condition and removing lifetime caps however, it does not mean Obamacare is the right answer as it fails to address the affordability of quality health care."
  • Moving Our Economy Forward: "With more and more people living paycheck to paycheck, Mike would advocate for policies that promotes economic growth and be an strong advocate for working Americans. Instead of hindering job creation with an overly complicated tax system and government overregulation, we should promote policies that allow the entrepreneurial spirit to flourish."

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—Mike Bost's campaign website, http://www.bostforcongress.com/issues/

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.[21] 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.[22] William Enyart voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[23]

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.[24] 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. William Enyart voted for HR 2775.[25]

Campaign contributions

William Enyart

William Enyart (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[26]May 17, 2013$12,776.84$191,432.04$(60,507.57)$143,701.31
July Quarterly[27]July 15, 2013$143,701.31$229,164.12$(181,884.60)$190,980.83
October Quarterly[28]October 13, 2013$190,980.83$167,467.45$(69,560.92)$288,887.36
Year-end[29]January 31, 2014$288,887.36$181,839$(61,607)$409,119
Pre-Primary[30]March 6, 2014$409,119$90,523$(48,408)$451,234
July Quarterly[31]July 15, 2014$555,027.00$250,588.00$(128,117.00)$677,498.00
October Quarterly[32]October 15, 2014$677,498$411,935$(870,961)$218,472
Running totals
$1,522,948.61$(1,421,046.09)

Mike Bost

Mike Bost (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[33]October 16, 2013$0.00$78,150.90$(34,483.05)$43,667.85
Year End[34]January 30, 2014$43,667.85$63,000$(63,119)$43,549
Pre-Primary[35]March 14, 2014$43,549$43,797$(39,407)$47,938
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2014$47,938$168,207$(15,527)$200,618
July Quarterly[37]July 15, 2014$200,618.00$278,197.00$(136,360.00)$347,665.00
Running totals
$631,351.9$(288,896.05)

Paula Bradshaw

Paula Bradshaw (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2013$0$138$(98)$419
July Quarterly[39]July 15, 2013$419$0$(15)$404
October Quarterly[40]October 15, 2013$404$0$(15)$389
Year End[41]January 31, 2014$389$200$(15)$574
Pre-Primary[42]March 14, 2014$574$250$(53)$771
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2014$771$1,836$(0)$2,607
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$2,607.00$508.00$(20.00)$3,095.00
Running totals
$2,932$(216)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2012

On November 6, 2012, William Enyart (D) won election to the United States House. He defeated Jason Plummer (R) and Paula Bradshaw (G) in the general election.

U.S. House, Illinois District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Enyart 51.7% 157,000
     Republican Jason Plummer 42.7% 129,902
     Green Paula Bradshaw 5.6% 17,045
Total Votes 303,947
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Jerry F. Costello won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Teri Newman (R) and Rodger Jennings (G) in the general election.[44]

U.S. House, Illinois District 12 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJerry F. Costello incumbent 59.8% 121,272
     Republican Teri Newman 36.5% 74,046
     Green Party Rodger Jennings 3.6% 7,387
Total Votes 202,705

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
  4. Politico, "House Elections Results," accessed November 11, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
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  7. NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
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  10. NBC Chicago, "Mid-term Race is a Toss-up," accessed October 7, 2014
  11. Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago, "2014 Primary: Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 2, 2014
  12. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Registering to Vote in Illinois," accessed January 3, 2014
  13. June 2011 Illinois Redistricting "Map" accessed July 23, 2012
  14. The Southern Illinoisian "Bost to make 12th District run official Monday" accessed July 30, 2013
  15. WSIL TV, "Paula Bradshaw to Announce Congressional Campaign," accessed November 18, 2013 (dead link)
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  18. NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
  19. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed September 15, 2014
  20. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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  22. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  23. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
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