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In February 2013, the [[Club for Growth]] Action, a fiscally conservative Super PAC, launched a website called "www.PrimaryMyCongressman.com." According to the Club for Growth Action, "the purpose of the website is to raise awareness of Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) who are currently serving in safe Republican seats....The website will offer Club members and the general public the opportunity to recommend primary opponents to the incumbents highlighted by Club for Growth Action, as well as to recommend primary challengers for any Republican member of Congress. Club for Growth Action will rotate liberal Republicans through the website to highlight their failed records on limiting government." Schock was one of the first nine incumbent Republicans to be targeted by the site, which gave him a lifetime Club for Growth rating of 61%.<ref>[http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/club-for-growth-targets-idahos-simpson-for-defeat-in-2014/ ''Idaho Statesman,'' "Club for Growth targets Idaho Rep. Simpson for defeat in 2014," February 27, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/club-for-growth-leads-conservative-charge-sometimes-at-republicans/?ref=politics ''The New York Times,'' "Club for Growth Leads Conservative Charge, Sometimes at Republicans," March 13, 2013]</ref>
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Throughout appearances in September 2013 Schock shrugged off opposition from conservative groups, saying he does not need a “score sheet” to know his constituents.<ref name="score">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/aaron-schock-club-for-growth-96977.html ''Politico,'' "Aaron Schock: Don’t need Club for Growth ‘score sheet’," accessed September 18, 2013]</ref>
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In an editorial in the ''New York Times'' on September 17, 2013, Schock described how the group [[Club for Growth Action|Club for Growth]] is targeting him in [[Illinois' 18th congressional district elections, 2014|his next primary]] over his votes to raise the debt ceiling and a spending bill.<ref name="score"/>
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When asked during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on September 18, 2013, if that threat would be in the back of his mind in the upcoming showdown in [[Congress]] over funding the government Shock replied, "“Absolutely not. Look, I ran for Congress because I promised my constituents I would do the right thing.”<ref name="score"/>
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“Who wants to shut the government down? I’ve never been an advocate of shutting the government down,” Schock said. “Look, I think the debate here is we’re spending too much money. … We need to have a conversation about what kind of changes can we make so that we’re not going into debt at the same rate of speed as we were the last couple of years.”<ref name="score"/>
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Revision as of 10:54, 18 September 2013

2012

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Illinois' 18th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 18, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Aaron Schock Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[3]

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

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The 18th 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 Aaron Schock (R), who was first elected in 2008.

Illinois' 18th Congressional District covers central and western Illinois, including Hancock, McDonough, Adams, Pike, Brown, Schuyler, Scott, Cass, Mason, Menard, Sangamon, Logan, Tazewell, McLean, Woodford, Marshall, Stark and Peoria counties.[5]

Candidates

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March 18, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Race background

In February 2013, the Club for Growth Action, a fiscally conservative Super PAC, launched a website called "www.PrimaryMyCongressman.com." According to the Club for Growth Action, "the purpose of the website is to raise awareness of Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) who are currently serving in safe Republican seats....The website will offer Club members and the general public the opportunity to recommend primary opponents to the incumbents highlighted by Club for Growth Action, as well as to recommend primary challengers for any Republican member of Congress. Club for Growth Action will rotate liberal Republicans through the website to highlight their failed records on limiting government." Schock was one of the first nine incumbent Republicans to be targeted by the site, which gave him a lifetime Club for Growth rating of 61%.[8][9]

Throughout appearances in September 2013 Schock shrugged off opposition from conservative groups, saying he does not need a “score sheet” to know his constituents.[10]

In an editorial in the New York Times on September 17, 2013, Schock described how the group Club for Growth is targeting him in his next primary over his votes to raise the debt ceiling and a spending bill.[10]

When asked during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on September 18, 2013, if that threat would be in the back of his mind in the upcoming showdown in Congress over funding the government Shock replied, "“Absolutely not. Look, I ran for Congress because I promised my constituents I would do the right thing.”[10]

He added he does not support a government shutdown, but he does want to cut spending.[10]

“Who wants to shut the government down? I’ve never been an advocate of shutting the government down,” Schock said. “Look, I think the debate here is we’re spending too much money. … We need to have a conversation about what kind of changes can we make so that we’re not going into debt at the same rate of speed as we were the last couple of years.”[10]

District history

2012

The 18th congressional district of Illinois held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Aaron Schock won re-election in the district.[11]

U.S. House, Illinois District 18 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAaron Schock Incumbent 74.2% 244,467
     Democratic Steve Waterworth 25.8% 85,164
Total Votes 329,631
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Aaron Schock won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Deirdre "D.K." Hirner (D) and Sheldon Schafer (G) in the general election.[12]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 18th Congressional District, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAaron Schock Incumbent 69.1% 152,868
     Democratic Deirdre "D.K." Hirner 25.8% 57,046
     Green Sheldon Schafer 5.1% 11,256
Total Votes 221,170

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