Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Review Articles: Illinois Congressional Seats

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December 3, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


MADISON, Wisconsin: Illinois had eighteen U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. Of the 18 seats, 15 incumbents sought re-election on November 6, 2012. Due to redistricting, some incumbents changed districts and one district was removed entirely. Of the 15 incumbents who sought re-election, 11 were re-elected. Due to outside factors, Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. who won re-election in District 2 resigned on November 21 resulting in a special election being called in 2013 to fill the vacated seat.

Here are the candidates who won election in Illinois.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Bobby Rush
Republican Party Donald Peloquin
Bobby Rush Democratic Party Bobby Rush No
2nd Democratic Party Jesse Jackson Jr.
Republican Party Brian Woodworth
Independent Marcus Lewis
Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. Democratic Party Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. No
3rd Democratic Party Daniel Lipinski
Republican Party Richard Grabowski
Daniel Lipinski Democratic Party Daniel Lipinski No
4th Democratic Party Luis Gutierrez
Democratic Party Jorge Zavala (write-in)
Republican Party Hector Concepcion
Luis Gutierrez Democratic Party Luis Gutierrez No
5th Democratic Party Mike Quigley
Republican PartyDan Schmitt
Green PartyNancy Wade
Mike Quigley Democratic Party Mike Quigley No
6th Democratic Party Leslie Coolidge
Republican Party Peter Roskam
Peter Roskam Republican Party Peter Roskam No
7th Democratic Party Danny K. Davis
Republican PartyRita Zak
IndependentJohn H. Monaghan
Danny Davis Democratic Party Danny K. Davis No
8th Democratic Party Tammy Duckworth
Republican Party Joe Walsh
Independent Robert Gregory Canfield
Joe Walsh Democratic Party Tammy Duckworth Yes
9th Democratic Party Jan Schakowsky
Republican Party Timothy Wolfe
Jan Schakowsky Democratic Party Jan Schakowsky No
10th Democratic Party Brad Schneider
Democratic Party Aloys Rutagwibira (write-in)
Republican Party Robert J. Dold
Robert Dold Democratic Party Brad Schneider Yes
11th Democratic Party Bill Foster
Republican Party Judy Biggert
Republican Party Diane Harris (write-in)
Adam Kinzinger Democratic Party Bill Foster Yes
12th Democratic Party William Enyart
Republican Party Jason Plummer
Green Party Paula Bradshaw
Jerry Costello Democratic Party William Enyart No
13th Republican Party Rodney Davis
Democratic Party David Gill
IndependentJohn Hartman
Judy Biggert Republican Party Rodney Davis No
14th Democratic Party Dennis Anderson
Republican Party Randy Hultgren
Republican Party Mark Masrogiovanni
Randy Hultgren Republican Party Randy Hultgren No
15th Democratic Party Angela Michael
Republican Party John Shimkus
Timothy V. Johnson Republican Party John Shimkus No
16th Republican Party Adam Kinzinger
Democratic PartyWanda Rohl
Donald Manzullo Republican Party Adam Kinzinger No
17th Democratic Party Cheri Bustos
Republican Party Bobby Schilling
Independent Eric Reyes
Bobby Schilling Democratic Party Cheri Bustos Yes
18th Democratic Party Steve Waterworth
Republican Party Aaron Schock
Aaron Schock Republican Party Aaron Schock No
19th District deleted after 2010 Census John Shimkus N/A N/A

Members of the U.S. House from Illinois -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 8 12
     Republican Party 11 6
Total 19 18

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 18 seats up for election in 2012 in Illinois. The following table shows the margin of victory for each district winner, which is calculated by examining the percentage difference between the top-two vote getters. If the race was uncontested, the margin of victory is listed as 100%.
DistrictWinnerMargin of VictoryTotal VoteTop Opponent
U.S. House, Illinois District 10 General Election Democratic Party Brad Schneider1.3%264,454Robert J. Dold
U.S. House, Illinois District 11 General Election Democratic Party Bill Foster17.1%254,276Judy Biggert
U.S. House, Illinois District 12 General Election Democratic Party William Enyart8.9%303,947Jason Plummer
U.S. House, Illinois District 13 General Election Republican Party Rodney Davis0.3%294,385David Gill
U.S. House, Illinois District 14 General Election Republican Party Randy Hultgren17.6%301,954Dennis Anderson
U.S. House, Illinois District 15 General Election Republican Party John Shimkus37.2%299,937Angela Michael
U.S. House, Illinois District 16 General Election Republican Party Adam Kinzinger23.6%294,090Wanda Rohl
U.S. House, Illinois District 17 General Election Democratic Party Cheri Bustos6.6%288,152Bobby Schilling
U.S. House, Illinois District 18 General Election Republican Party Aaron Schock48.3%329,631Steve Waterworth
U.S. House, Illinois District 1 General Election Democratic Party Bobby Rush47.6%320,843Donald Peloquin
U.S. House, Illinois District 2 General Election Democratic Party Jesse Jackson Jr.40.1%297,424Brian Woodworth
U.S. House, Illinois District 3 General Election Democratic Party Daniel Lipinski37%246,391Richard Grabowski
U.S. House, Illinois District 4 General Election Democratic Party Luis Gutierrez66%160,505Hector Concepcion
U.S. House, Illinois District 5 General Election Democratic Party Mike Quigley37.1%270,377Dan Schmitt
U.S. House, Illinois District 6 General Election Republican Party Peter Roskam18.4%326,129Leslie Coolidge
U.S. House, Illinois District 7 General Election Democratic Party Danny K. Davis73.7%286,428Rita Zak
U.S. House, Illinois District 8 General Election Democratic Party Tammy Duckworth9.5%225,066Joe Walsh
U.S. House, Illinois District 9 General Election Democratic Party Jan Schakowsky32.7%293,793Timothy Wolfe

National picture

Both chambers of the United States Congress remain split after the November 6, 2012 election. Democrats increased their majority in the U.S. Senate while cutting into the Republicans majority in the U.S. House. Of the 435 candidates who won election to the U.S. House, 85 of them were challengers, which represents 19.5 percent of U.S. House members. Of those 85, 50 are Democratic and 35 are Republican. A total of 27 incumbents were defeated -- 10 Democratic and 17 Republican.

2012 United States House General Election Results
Party Total Winners Incumbent Winners Defeated Incumbents Incumbent Re-Election Rate** Non-Incumbent Winners
Democratic 201 151 10 93.8% 50
Republican 234 198 17 92.1% 35
TOTALS 435 349 27 92.8% 85
**Note: The incumbent re-election rate is calculated by dividing the total incumbents winners by the total incumbents who appeared on the general election ballot.
U.S. Senate Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 51 53
     Republican Party 47 45
     Independent 2 2
Total 100 100
U.S. House Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 193 201
     Republican Party 242 234
Total 435 435

See also