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Illinois' 13th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Illinois' 13th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 18, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Rodney Davis Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Rodney Davis Republican Party
Rodney davis.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Lean R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean R[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 13th 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 Rodney Davis (R), who was first elected in 2012.

Illinois' 13th Congressional District makes up a stretch of the central portion of the state. It includes Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Montgomery, Christian, Sangamon, Macon, Dewitt, Piatt and Champaign counties.[5]


Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

Announced candidates

General election candidates

March 18, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Not on ballot

Withdrew prior to primary

Declined to run

Race background

Democratic Super PAC House Majority PAC listed incumbent Rodney Davis as one of 10 they were targeting as vulnerable incumbent Republicans in 2014, with the focus on those holding competitive seats.[20]

David Gill (D) considered a rematch against Rodney Davis in 2014. On May 3, 2013, Gov. Pat Quinn named Gill as assistant director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, and Gill confirmed that he would not seek the 13th District seat again.[9]

Democrats are seeking to take the seat from Republicans in 2014. The district, redrawn in the 2012 redistricting process, picked up portions of Bloomington, Champaign, Springfield and the Metro East area.[21]

Campaign ads

Ad campaign on climate change

League of Conservation Voters ad released August 12, 2013, against Mike Coffman, "Ostrich Ad"

The League of Conservation Voters launched a nearly $2 million TV ad campaign on climate change on August 12, 2013, aimed at three House Republicans -- Mike Coffman (R-CO), Dan Benishek (R-MI) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) -- and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).[22]

“This is the African Ostrich,” says the narrator of the ad running in the district of Mike Coffman. “Tall, flightless, head in the sand. And this is Congressman Coffman, also with his head in the sand — on climate change.”[22] The ad goes on to call Coffman “extreme.”[22] Democrats are targeting Coffman’s 6th district seat, and have recruited former state house Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D) for the race.[22]

The group launched similar ads against Dan Benishek and Rodney Davis, who Democrats are also eyeing. The entire ad campaign cost nearly $2 million, the organization said.[22]

The organization is also hitting Ron Johnson, who does not face re-election until 2016. The group said it would release video of the Johnson commercial by August 16, 2013.[22]

Campaign donors

According to campaign finance reports from April 2013, Rep. Rodney Davis (R) raised $401,00 and had $334,000 cash-on-hand.[23] In reports from July 2013 Davis reported raising more than $450,000 during the second quarter, bringing him to more than $700,000 cash-on-hand going into 2014, in what is expected to be one of the most competitive House contests of the cycle.[24]

District history


On November 6, 2012, Rodney Davis (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated David Gill John Hartman in the general election.

U.S. House, Illinois District 13 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Davis 46.5% 137,034
     Democratic David Gill 46.2% 136,032
     Independent John Hartman 7.2% 21,319
Total Votes 294,385
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"


On November 2, 2010, Judy Biggert won election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Scott Harper (R) in the general election.[25]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois Congressional District 13 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJudy Biggert 64% 149,857
     Democratic Scott Harper 36% 84,290
Total Votes 234,147

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. Illinois Election Division, "Michael Firsching," accessed November 27, 2013
  7. News-Gazette "Harold moving back to C-U, will announce political plans soon" accessed May 21, 2013
  8. Politico "Ex-Miss America to run for Illinois House seat" accessed June 4, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Belleville News-Democrat "Chief Judge Callis resigns; Gill declines to run in 13th District again" accessed May 6, 2013
  10. Belleville News-Democrat "Callis confirms she will run for Congress" accessed May 9, 2013
  11. News Gazette "Dems meet potential Davis challengers" accessed April 30, 2013
  12. WICS "Another Candidate Joins 13th Congressional Race" accessed July 25, 2013
  13. The Telegraph "Physicist joins 13th Congressional District race" accessed July 25, 2013
  14. News Observer "Physicist joins Illinois' 13th District race" accessed July 25, 2013
  15. News Gazette "UI physicist joins race for 13th District" accessed July 25, 2013
  16. Progress Illinois, "Third Democrat Jumps Into 13th Congressional District Race," accessed October 7, 2013
  17., "Candidate Josh Dill," accessed January 13, 2014
  18. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate Detail," accessed March 17, 2014
  19. Illinois Elections Division, "Bill Byrnes," accessed November 27, 2013
  20. Sunshine State News "Democratic Super-PAC Targets Steve Southerland" accessed March 8, 2013
  21., "Democrats really want Illinois’ 13th Congressional District," accessed November 27, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 Washington Post, "Environmental group launches $2 million ad campaign on climate change," accessed August 12, 2013
  23. Roll Call "Illinois: Rodney Davis Raises $401K in First Quarter" Accessed April 17, 2013
  24. Roll Call "Freshman Rodney Davis Raises $450,000 #IL13" Accessed July 9, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"