John Blyth

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John Blyth
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Illinois, District 2
Bachelor'sChicago State University
Date of birthMarch 25, 1960
Place of birthChicago, IL
Campaign website
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John Blyth is a former 2013 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House in the special election for the 2nd Congressional District of Illinois.


Blyth earned his BA from Chicago State University in 1983. He was previously a candidate for United States President in both 2008 and 2012.


Campaign themes


Blyth's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Economy: "First and last"
  • Jobs: "Pass the American Jobs Act. Approve the new 50 billion dollar stimulus."
  • Education: "Pro College and Pro Vocational Schools."
  • Afghanistan War: "End the war now. Support Troops."
  • Senior Citizen Rx Plan: "One Plan included in part A. End part D entirely."
  • Homeland Security: "Strengthen our borders."
  • Energy: "New national power grid completion, complete overhaul of oil drillings, top to bottom, like windmills, renewable solar power roofs, water, restock fish, co-generation power plants"
  • Abortion: "Pro Life"
  • Immigration: "When will congress act?"
  • Gun Control: "In this country, what?"
  • English Language: "Non Issue"
  • Gay Marriage: "Non Issue, get busy Congress"
  • College Football BCS: "Looking forward to the new BCS."
  • Transportation: "New national high speed rail completion"
  • Interior: "Preserve parks and wildlife"
  • Law Enforcement: "More police, IRS and EPA."
  • Civil Rights: "Support extension of 1968 bill"
  • Minimum Wage: "Support increases. Pro Living Wage"
  • Electronic Voting: "All for it, support U.S. Software"
  • National Speed Limit: "70mph especially at state borders"
  • Free Trade: "Yes"
  • Stem Cell Research: "Favor newest technologies."
  • EPA: "Serious increase to combat the Koch Bros., Grover Norquist and the Tea Party."
  • Dept. of Agriculture: "I like the new Ag-based anti e-coli spray"
  • Internet Sales Tax: "Hmm?"
  • Tariffs: "No"
  • Taxes: "Will rewrite tax code"



See also: Illinois' 2nd Congressional District special election, 2013

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

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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