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Illinois' 18th Congressional District elections, 2014
November 4, 2014
March 18, 2014
Cook Political Report: Solid R
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R
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.
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.
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March 18, 2014, primary results
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%.
Throughout appearances in September 2013 Schock shrugged off opposition from conservative groups, saying he does not need a “score sheet” to know his constituents.
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.
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.”
He added he does not support a government shutdown, but he does want to cut spending.
“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.”
|U.S. House, Illinois District 18 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Aaron Schock Incumbent||74.2%||244,467|
|Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2014
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2014
- Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed August 5, 2014
- Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 5, 2014
- Fairvote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed August 5, 2014
- Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago, "2014 Primary: Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 2, 2014
- Illinois Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
- Quincy Journal, "Quincy man to make run for Congress," accessed November 11, 2013
- Illinois Division of Elections, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 3, 2013
- Idaho Statesman, "Club for Growth targets Idaho Rep. Simpson for defeat in 2014," February 27, 2013
- The New York Times, "Club for Growth Leads Conservative Charge, Sometimes at Republicans," March 13, 2013
- Politico, "Aaron Schock: Don’t need Club for Growth ‘score sheet’," accessed September 18, 2013
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"