Illinois' 18th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Illinois' 18th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 18, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Aaron Schock Republican Party
Aaron Schock.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[3]

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

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The 18th Congressional District of Illinois will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Heading into the election the incumbent is Aaron Schock (R), who was first elected in 2008. He won re-election in 2012 with 74% of the vote.

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.[4]

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.[5]

See also: Illinois elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Aaron Schock (R), who was first elected in 2008.

Illinois' 18th Congressional District covers central and western Illinois, including Hancock, McDonough, Adams, Pike, Brown, Schuyler, Scott, Cass, Mason, Menard, Sangamon, Logan, Tazewell, McLean, Woodford, Marshall, Stark and Peoria counties.[6]


General election candidates

March 18, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Election results

Primary results

U.S. House, Illinois District 18 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDarrel Miller 54.3% 6,763
Rob Mellon 45.7% 5,692
Total Votes 12,455
Source: Illinois State Board of Elections

Race background

In February 2013, the Club for Growth Action, a fiscally conservative Super PAC, launched a website called "" According to the Club for Growth Action, "the purpose of the website is to raise awareness of Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) who are currently serving in safe Republican seats....The website will offer Club members and the general public the opportunity to recommend primary opponents to the incumbents highlighted by Club for Growth Action, as well as to recommend primary challengers for any Republican member of Congress. Club for Growth Action will rotate liberal Republicans through the website to highlight their failed records on limiting government." Schock was one of the first nine incumbent Republicans to be targeted by the site, which gave him a lifetime Club for Growth rating of 61%.[9][10]

Throughout appearances in September 2013 Schock shrugged off opposition from conservative groups, saying he does not need a “score sheet” to know his constituents.[11]

In an editorial in the New York Times on September 17, 2013, Schock described how the group Club for Growth is targeting him in his next primary over his votes to raise the debt ceiling and a spending bill.[11]

When asked during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on September 18, 2013, if that threat would be in the back of his mind in the upcoming showdown in Congress over funding the government Shock replied, "“Absolutely not. Look, I ran for Congress because I promised my constituents I would do the right thing.”[11]

He added he does not support a government shutdown, but he does want to cut spending.[11]

“Who wants to shut the government down? I’ve never been an advocate of shutting the government down,” Schock said. “Look, I think the debate here is we’re spending too much money. … We need to have a conversation about what kind of changes can we make so that we’re not going into debt at the same rate of speed as we were the last couple of years.”[11]

Key votes

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

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[12] Schock joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[13][14]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.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.[15] 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.[16] Aaron Schock voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

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.[18] 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. Aaron Schock voted for HR 2775.[19]

Campaign contributions

Aaron Schock

Aaron Schock (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2013$2,098,507.39$716,766.76$(81,183.95)$2,734,090.20
July Quarterly[21]July 12, 2013$2,734,090.20$302,457.99$(185,779.63)$2,851,011.56
October Quarterly[22]October 13, 2013$2,851,011.56$304,122.30$(190,582.80)$2,964,551.06
Year End[23]December 31, 2014$2,964,551$186,763$(120,507)$3,030,807
Pre-Primary[24]March 6, 2014$3,030,807$63,767$(91,692)$3,002,882
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2014$3,002,882$250,595$(48,292)$3,205,185
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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The 18th Congressional District of Illinois held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Aaron Schock won re-election in the district.[26]

U.S. House, Illinois District 18 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAaron Schock Incumbent 74.2% 244,467
     Democratic Steve Waterworth 25.8% 85,164
Total Votes 329,631
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"


On November 2, 2010, Aaron Schock won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Deirdre "D.K." Hirner (D) and Sheldon Schafer (Green) in the general election.[27]

U.S. House, Illinois District 18 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAaron Schock incumbent 69.1% 152,868
     Democratic Deirdre "D.K." Hirner 25.8% 57,046
     Green Sheldon Schafer 5.1% 11,256
Total Votes 221,170

See also

External links


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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. Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago, "2014 Primary: Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 2, 2014
  5. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Registering to Vote in Illinois," accessed January 3, 2014
  6. Illinois Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  7. Quincy Journal, "Quincy man to make run for Congress," accessed November 11, 2013
  8. Illinois Division of Elections, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 3, 2013
  9. Idaho Statesman, "Club for Growth targets Idaho Rep. Simpson for defeat in 2014," accessed February 27, 2013
  10. The New York Times, "Club for Growth Leads Conservative Charge, Sometimes at Republicans," March 13, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Politico, "Aaron Schock: Don’t need Club for Growth ‘score sheet’," accessed September 18, 2013
  12. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  13. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  14. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Year End," accessed April 23, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed April 23, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  26. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013