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Illinois' 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Illinois' 12th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 18, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Mike Bost Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
William Enyart Democratic Party
Bill Enyart.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Toss Up[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean D[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Toss Up[3]

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

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The 12th congressional district of Illinois will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

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]

Heading into the election the incumbent is William Enyart (D), who was first elected in 1992.

Illinois' 12th Congressional District makes up the southern tip of the state. It includes the counties of Jefferson, Perry, Franklin, Williamson, Union, Alexander, Pulaski, Jackson, Randolph, Monroe, St. Claire and part of Madison County.[5]


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March 18, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Green Party Green Party Primary

Race background

Incumbent William Enyart (D) is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[8]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[9] 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.[10] William Enyart voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[11]

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 funds 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.[12] 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. William Enyart voted for HR 2775.[13]

Campaign contributions

William Enyart

Mike Bost

Mike Bost (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[21]October 16, 2013$0.00$78,150.90$(34,483.05)$43,667.85
Year End[22]January 30, 2014$43,667.85$63,000$(63,119)$43,549
Pre-Primary[23]March 14, 2014$43,549$43,797$(39,407)$47,938
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2014$47,938$168,207$(15,527)$200,618
July Quarterly[25]July 15, 2014$200,618.00$278,197.00$(136,360.00)$347,665.00
Running totals

District history


On November 6, 2012, William Enyart (D) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jason Plummer and Paula Bradshaw in the general election.

U.S. House, Illinois District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Enyart 51.7% 157,000
     Republican Jason Plummer 42.7% 129,902
     Green Paula Bradshaw 5.6% 17,045
Total Votes 303,947
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"


On November 2, 2010, Jerry F. Costello won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Teri Newman (R) and Rodger Jennings (G) in the general election.[26]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 12th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJerry F. Costello Incumbent 59.8% 121,272
     Republican Teri Newman 36.5% 74,046
     Green Rodger Jennings 3.6% 7,387
Total Votes 202,705

See also

External links


  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. June 2011 Illinois Redistricting "Map" accessed July 23, 2012
  6. The Southern Illinoisian "Bost to make 12th District run official Monday" accessed July 30, 2013
  7. WSIL TV, "Paula Bradshaw to Announce Congressional Campaign," accessed November 18, 2013 (dead link)
  8. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 3, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed April 23, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 14, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 6, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 3, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed May 14, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 12, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 14, 2014
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"