Illinois' 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Illinois' 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 18, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Bobby L. Rush Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Bobby L. Rush Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe 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 1st Congressional District of Illinois held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Bobby L. Rush (D), who was first elected in 1992, defeated Jimmy Lee Tillman II (R) in the general election. Rush ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Tillman also ran unopposed in the Republican primary election.

Rush had $44,000 cash-on-hand for his campaign while Tillman did not submit his reports for the Federal Election Commission. According to Cook Political Report, the district was known to safely favor Democratic candidates in the election.

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 was October 7, 2014.[5]

See also: Illinois elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Bobby L. Rush (D), who was first elected in 1992.

Illinois' 1st Congressional District is based in Cook County and includes much of the south side of Chicago, extending into the city's southwest suburbs until reaching the border of Will County. It covers 97.84 square miles, making it one of the 40 smallest districts in the U.S.

Candidates

General election candidates


March 18, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Election results

The 1st Congressional District of Illinois held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Bobby Rush (D) defeated challenger Jimmy Lee Tillman II (R) in the general election.

U.S. House, Illinois District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBobby Rush Incumbent 73.1% 162,268
     Republican Jimmy Lee Tillman 26.9% 59,749
Total Votes 222,017
Source: Illinois Secretary of State Official Results

Key votes

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

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Neutral/Abstain 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.[7] 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.[8] Bobby Rush did not vote on the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[9]

Neutral/Abstain 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.[10] 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. Bobby Rush did not vote on HR 2775.[11]

Campaign contributions

Bobby Rush

Bobby L. Rush (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2013$24,438.29$60,550.00$(22,906.11)$62,082.18
July Quarterly[13]July 14, 2013$62,082.18$58,350.00$(72,678.15)$47,754.03
October Quarterly[14]October 13, 2013$47,754.03$39,001.00$(48,248.83)$38,506.20
Year-end[15]January 31, 2014$38,506$53,500$(40,505)$51,500
Pre-Primary[16]March 6, 2014$51,500$0$(4,314)$47,186
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2014$47,186$20,000$(8,535)$58,650
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2014$58,650.00$27,630.00$(41,643.00)$44,637.00
October Quarterly[19]October 15, 2014$44,637$52,000$(25,677)$70,595
Running totals
$311,031$(264,507.09)

District history

2012

On November 6, 2012, Bobby L. Rush (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Donald Peloquin in the general election.

U.S. House, Illinois District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBobby Rush Incumbent 73.8% 236,854
     Republican Donald Peloquin 26.2% 83,989
Total Votes 320,843
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Bobby L. Rush won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Raymond G. Wardingley (R) and Jeff Adams (Green) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House, Illinois District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBobby L. Rush incumbent 80.4% 148,170
     Republican Raymond G. Wardingley 15.9% 29,253
     Green Jeff Adams 3.8% 6,963
Total Votes 184,386

See also

External links

References

  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. 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 Election Division, "Jimmy Lee Tillman II," accessed December 2, 2013
  7. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  8. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  11. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 11, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed April 22, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 14, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2014
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013