Clifford Eagleton

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Clifford Eagleton
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Illinois, District 2
ProfessionEducator, small business owner
Campaign website
Clifford Eagleton campaign logo
Clifford Eagleton is a former 2013 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House in the special election for the 2nd Congressional District of Illinois. He was one of five Democratic candidate to file by the first in line deadline.[1] Eagleton will appear second on the Democratic primary ballot.[2]


Eagleton is a retired elementary, high school, and college teacher. He is currently a small business owner.[3]


Campaign themes


Eagleton's campaign website lists the following issues:[4]

  • JOBS, JOBS, and More JOBS!
Excerpt: "Cliff is proposing a public works program on a scale not seen since the Great Depression. The Federal government would work in partnership with state and local governments employing those without jobs and returning veterans to rebuild our roads, bridges, schools and other public resources."
Excerpt: "Cliff would form a 2nd Congressional District Leadership Council made up of residents of the district. The Council will advise Cliff on issues important to residents and actually give his fellow citizens a “seat at the table” and a “voice” in the process."
Excerpt: "While the U.S. government is spending $85 billion a MONTH to help large corporations it is doing little to protect the middle class and those with less. The real challenge is to fundamentally change and improve the economy so it fairly serves ALL Americans, not just a select few."
Excerpt: "We cannot be a nation of salesman selling other countries’ goods and services to ourselves. We must aggressively create a new generation of competitive manufacturing, agriculture and research protected from monopoly and corporate abuse."
Excerpt: "The Federal government MUST partner with state and local governments to provide one-time Federal assistance through grants to local governments, school boards and states to bring their budgets under control."
Excerpt: "We must create fair and effective regulations on “natural monopolies” of essential resources such as gas, electricity and food. A small group of very large corporations control the prices of these vital necessities."
Excerpt: "We must honorably address the issues undermining our constitutional self-governance such as political gerrymandering that attempts to create one-party government of the few and privileged, big money’s stranglehold on our elections and the unrestrained concentration of wealth that threatens the very foundation of our country while ignoring the vast majority of Americans who are struggling."



See also: Illinois' 2nd congressional district special election, 2013

Eagleton ran in the 2013 special election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 2nd District. The election was held to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr.. Eagleton lost in the Democratic primary to Robin Kelly.[5]

Gun control came to the forefront in the race with a tv ad tageting Debbie Halvorson and her prior voting record with respect to guns. The ad came from Mayor Michael Bloomberg's super PAC, Independence USA.[6] Some in the field were upset by this external influence, including Eagleton. In a press release submitted to Ballotpedia he said, "“As a citizen and as a candidate I am outraged and alarmed after viewing the 'super PAC' attack ad last night against one of my opponents. This arrogant, brutish well-polished propaganda is meant to confuse and persuade our citizens with misinformation, thereby corrupting the election.” He went on to speak out against the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, stating that it needs to be overturned or legislation needs to be passed "to protect the integrity of elections and democracy in America."[7]

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Illinois District 2 Special Democratic Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobin Kelly 53.3% 31,079
Debbie Halvorson 25.1% 14,650
Anthony Beale 11.1% 6,457
Joyce Washington 4.4% 2,563
Ernest Fenton 2.6% 1,545
Anthony Williams 1.1% 641
Mel Reynolds 0.8% 459
Clifford Eagleton 0.4% 207
Fatimah Muhammad 0.3% 194
Gregory Haynes 0.2% 144
Larry Pickens 0.2% 127
John Blyth 0.2% 104
Victor Jonathan 0.2% 91
Charles Rayburn 0.1% 74
Denise Anita Hill 0% 4
Total Votes 58,339
Source: Results via Illinois State Board of Elections



Illinois' 3rd Congressional District, Democratic primary
Poll Debbie Halvorson Toi HutchinsonRobin KellyNapoleon HarrisMel ReynoldsAnthony BealeOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Normington-Petts (January 8-10)
GBA Strategies (January 3-7)
AVERAGES 20.5% 14% 11.5% 8% 7.5% 7.5% 3.5% 27.5% +/-4.65 450
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

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