Illinois' 13th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Illinois' 13th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 18, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Rodney Davis Republican Party
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Illinois U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 13th Congressional District of Illinois will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
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Heading into the election the incumbent is Rodney Davis (R), who was first elected in 2012.

Democratic Super PAC House Majority PAC listed incumbent Rodney Davis as one of 10 they are targeting as vulnerable incumbent Republicans in 2014, with the focus on those holding competitive seats.[1]

David Gill (D) considered a rematch against Rodney Davis in 2014. On May 3, 2013, Gov. Pat Quinn named Gill as assistant director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, and Gill confirmed that he will not seek the 13th District seat again.[2]

Democrats are seeking to take the seat from Republicans in 2014. The district, redrawn in the 2012 redistricting process, picked up portions of Bloomington, Champaign, Springfield and the Metro East area.[3]

Democratic nominee Ann Callis is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program, which is designed to provide early support to top-tier Democratic challengers.[4]

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.[5]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by February 18, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 7, 2014.[6]

See also: Illinois elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Rodney Davis (R), who was first elected in 2012.

Illinois' 13th Congressional District makes up a stretch of the central portion of the state. It includes Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Montgomery, Christian, Sangamon, Macon, Dewitt, Piatt and Champaign counties.[7]

Candidates

General election candidates


March 18, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Independent Third Party Candidates

Withdrew prior to primary

Declined to run

Election results

Primary results

U.S. House, Illinois District 13 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAnn Callis 54.7% 17,322
George Gollin 31.3% 9,935
David Green 14% 4,438
Total Votes 31,695
Source: Illinois State Board of Elections


U.S. House, Illinois District 13 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Davis Incumbent 54.6% 27,816
Erika Harold 41.1% 20,951
Michael Firsching 4.2% 2,147
Total Votes 50,914
Source: Illinois State Board of Elections

Race background

Democratic Super PAC House Majority PAC listed incumbent Rodney Davis as one of 10 they are targeting as vulnerable incumbent Republicans in 2014, with the focus on those holding competitive seats.[1]

David Gill (D) considered a rematch against Rodney Davis in 2014. On May 3, 2013, Gov. Pat Quinn named Gill as assistant director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, and Gill confirmed that he will not seek the 13th District seat again.[2]

Democrats are seeking to take the seat from Republicans in 2014. The district, redrawn in the 2012 redistricting process, picked up portions of Bloomington, Champaign, Springfield and the Metro East area.[21]

Issues

Minor party access

During the 2014 elections, the Constitution Party, Green Party, Libertarian Party and Lincoln Liberty Party tried to gain ballot access in the Illinois general election. To do so, minor parties must collect signatures on petitions in the districts their candidates seek to represent. For state executive office or U.S. Senate office, minor parties must collect 25,000 signatures. For district offices, minor parties must collect signatures equal in number to five percent of those who voted for the office sought in the last general election. For district offices, the number of signatures required can range from close to 1,000 to over 15,000. Such signature requirements mean minor parties and their candidates spend much of their time trying to collect signatures rather than raise money or campaign, as their Republican and Democratic counterparts do. As of April 2014, Republican U.S. House member Rodney Davis, representative of the 13th Congressional District, had raised $951,904. Ann Callis, Davis's Democratic challenger for the district, had raised $513,898. Josh Dill, a Lincoln Liberty Party hopeful for the district, had yet to raise any money. He tried to collect enough signatures before the June 23, 2014 minor party filing deadline.[22]

Key votes

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

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[23] 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.[24] Rodney Davis voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[25]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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.[26] 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. Rodney Davis voted for HR 2775.[27]

Media


League of Conservation Voters ad released August 12, 2013, against Mike Coffman, "Ostrich Ad"

Ann Callis' first ad, released in February 2014, "Home."

Ann Callis' second ad, released in March 2014, "Right."

Ann Callis' third ad, released in March 2014, "Fairness."

Climate change ad

The League of Conservation Voters launched a nearly $2 million TV ad campaign on climate change on August 12, 2013, aimed at three House Republicans -- Mike Coffman (R-CO), Dan Benishek (R-MI) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) -- and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).[28]

“This is the African Ostrich,” says the narrator of the ad running in the district of Mike Coffman. “Tall, flightless, head in the sand. And this is Congressman Coffman, also with his head in the sand — on climate change.”[28] The ad goes on to call Coffman “extreme.”[28] Democrats are targeting Coffman’s 6th District seat, and have recruited former state house Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D) for the race.[28]

The group launched similar ads against Dan Benishek and Rodney Davis, who Democrats are also eyeing. The entire ad campaign cost nearly $2 million, the organization said.[28]

The organization is also hitting Ron Johnson, who does not face re-election until 2016. The group said it would release video of the Johnson commercial by August 16, 2013.[28]

Ann Callis

Ann Callis released her first ad of the campaign on February 25, 2014. The ad highlighted Callis’ support for veterans. Callis' campaign distributed the ad as an email fundraising pitch prior to running it on television.[29]

In the ad, Callis said, “Back home and alive, it’s all we ask for but it’s not all they deserve. As a judge, when I saw veterans in legal trouble, I created the state’s first veterans court to help them get treatment and get back on their feet. In Washington, I’ll always support military families, and help veterans make the transition home, not just has your congressman but as a proud army mom.”

Callis released her second ad, "Right," on March 5, 2014, less than two weeks before the primary.[30]

“As parents, we teach our children to do what’s right. As a judge, I held people accountable when they did wrong. That’s why I cracked down on violent criminals, and stopped the big banks when they tried to kick families out of their homes,” Callis said in the ad.[30]

Callis released her third ad prior to the primary, "Fairness," on March 12, 2014.[31] The ad highlighted "her commitment to stand up for seniors' and protect their Social Security and Medicare."[32]

George Gollin


George Gollin's first ad, released in February 2014, "Miracles."

George Gollin's second ad, released in March 2014, "New Formula."

George Gollin's March 2014 ad, "Ann Callis: Folding on Social Security."

George Gollin (D) released an ad reminiscent of the 1980's "Miracle on Ice" victory for the U.S. men's hockey team in February 2014. In the ad, he connected the two events saying, "changing Washington would be a miracle, too."[33]

Gollin released his second ad buy, worth an estimated $48,000, in March 2014.[34]

On March 6, 2014, he began running an ad hitting challenger Ann Callis for "folding to the tea party agenda" on cutting Social Security.[35]

Endorsements

Ann Callis

Callis received endorsements from Dick Durbin (D), former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Illinois AFL-CIO and AFSCME Council 31.[36]

Other endorsement included:[36]

  • State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson
  • Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz
  • Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing
  • Champaign Mayor Don Gerard

George Gollin

The Chicago Tribune endorsed George Gollin (D) on March 2, 2014, for the Democratic nomination.[37]

Other endorsements came from:

  • The State Journal-Register[38]

Erika Harold

The Chicago Tribune endorsed Erika Harold (R) on March 2, 2014, for the Republican nomination.[37]

Campaign contributions

According to campaign finance reports from April 2013, Rep. Rodney Davis (R) raised $401,00 and had $334,000 cash-on-hand.[39] In reports from July 2013 Davis reported raising more than $450,000 during the second quarter, bringing him to more than $700,000 cash-on-hand going into 2014, in what is expected to be one of the most competitive House contests of the cycle.[40]

According to September 30, 2013, campaign finance reports, Davis had $882,145 in his campaign fund, a net gain of about $170,000 from the $702,855 he had on June 30, 2013.[41] At the time, he had almost nine times as much money as his priamry challenger, Erika Harold.[41]

The $302,069 Davis collected during the quarter was down significantly from the $454,814 he reported during the April through June period, and the $403,555 yield in the first quarter of the year.[41]

Harold reported $72,619 in receipts in July, August and September. This is less than the $78,285 in contributions she previously reported between May 31, 2013, and June 30, 2013.[41] She reported $99,208 on hand as of September 30, 2013, up from $62,261 on June 30, 2013.[41]

Rodney Davis

Rodney Davis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[42]April 16, 2013$17,426.98$403,555.15$(86,778.5)$334,203.63
July Quarterly[43]July 17, 2013$334,203.63$454,814.58$(86,162.35)$702,855.86
October Quarterly[44]October 13, 2013$227,469.89$57,766.35$(37,338.83)$247,897.41
Year-end[45]January 29, 2014$247,897.41$285,581$(106,700)$1,061,026
Pre-Primary[46]March 6, 2014$1,061,026$328,364$(274,565)$1,114,825
April Quarterly[47]April 15, 2014$1,114,825$285,558$(448,479)$951,903
Running totals
$1,815,639.08$(1,040,023.68)

Erika Harold

Erika Harold (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[48]July 15, 2013$0.00$78,285.22$(16,023.37)$62,261.85
October Quarterly[49]October 16, 2013$62,261.85$72,619.45$(35,672.72)$99,208.58
Year-end[50]January 31, 2014$99,208$65,154$(42,418)$121,944
Running totals
$216,058.67$(94,114.09)

Michael Firsching

Michael Firsching (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[51]April 15, 2013$0$0$(0)$0
July Quarterly[52]July 15, 2013$0$0$(0)$0
October Quarterly[53]October 15, 2013$0$0$(0)$0
Running totals
$0$(0)

Ann Callis

Ann Callis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[54]July 15, 2013$0.00$226,076.07$(14,787.31)$211,288.76
October Quarterly[55]October 16, 2013$211,288.76$240,873.12$(81,986.38)$370,175.50
Year-end[56]January 31, 2014$370,175$258,834$(111,880)$517,129
Pre-Primary[57]March 6, 2014$517,129$101,796$(169,429)$449,495
April Quarterly[58]April 15, 2014$449,495$188,804$(124,402)$513,897
Running totals
$1,016,383.19$(502,484.69)

George Gollin

George Gollin (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[59]October 15, 2013$0.00$300,509.99$(38,422.86)$262,087.13
Year End[60]January 31, 2014$262,087$100,696$(97,374)$265,408
Running totals
$401,205.99$(135,796.86)

Polls

Democratic primary
Poll Ann Callis George GollinDavid GreenUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
We Ask America
March 9, 2014
41%25%7%27%+/-2.911,136
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. 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


Republican primary
Poll Rodney Davis Erika HaroldUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Opinion Strategies
November 19-21, 2013
63%15%22%+/-4.9400
We Ask America
October 10, 2013
63%16%21%+/-3.34859
AVERAGES 63% 15.5% 21.5% +/-4.12 629.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. 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

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Rodney Davis (R) won election to the United States House. He defeated David Gill (D) and John Hartman (I) in the general election.

U.S. House, Illinois District 13 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Davis 46.5% 137,034
     Democratic David Gill 46.2% 136,032
     Independent John Hartman 7.2% 21,319
Total Votes 294,385
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Judy Biggert won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Scott Harper (D) in the general election.[61]

U.S. House, Illinois District 13 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJudy Biggert incumbent 64% 149,857
     Democratic Scott Harper 36% 84,290
Total Votes 234,147

See also

External links

References

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