United States Senate elections in Illinois, 2014

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Illinois

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 18, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Pending
Incumbent prior to election:
Richard Durbin Democratic Party
Richard Durbin.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]


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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Illinois will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election 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.[3]

The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Richard Durbin (D). Durbin was first elected in 1996.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
December 2, 2013
March 18, 2014
November 4, 2014

Candidates

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Race background

Early assessments of Durbin's run for re-election predict that it is unlikely that he will face significant opposition.[12] However, Durbin, a three-term senator, had approximately $2.6 million cash-on-hand in February 2013.[12]

Since 2008, Durbin has given $2,385,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which works to elect Democrats to the Senate.[12]

Issues

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, 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.[13] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Dick Durbin voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[14]

Media

Jim Oberweis


Oberweis' November 22, 2013, U.S. Senate announcement

Republican state Senator Jim Oberweis officially announced his candidacy in a video detailing his history as a candidate on November 22, 2013.[15]

“Some people are going to want to talk about my mistakes as a candidate over the last 10 years,” Oberweis says to the camera. “I made statements and commercials that I regretted and I’ve said so.”[15]

“I believe I understand what motivates entrepreneurs and businessmen,” Oberweis said of his candidacy. “My opponent, Mr. Durbin, is a career politician who’s been in Washington for 31 years, that’s just way too long. I made a decision about 30 days ago to go forward and circulate petitions … But clearly, Obamacare is a symptom of the mess we have going on in Washington D.C.”[15]


Polls

Possible general election match-up
Poll Dick Durbin (D) Jim Oberweis (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
We Ask America
September 24, 2013
50%39%11%+/-2.861,434
Public Policy Polling
November 22-25, 2013
51%36%12%+/-4.2557
AVERAGES 50.5% 37.5% 11.5% +/-3.53 995.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. 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 editor@ballotpedia.org.


Possible general election match-up
Poll Dick Durbin (D) Chad Koppie (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
November 22-25, 2013
52%35%13%+/-4.2557
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. 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 editor@ballotpedia.org.


Possible general election match-up
Poll Dick Durbin (D) Doug Truax (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
November 22-25, 2013
51%33%16%+/-4.2557
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. 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 editor@ballotpedia.org.

Election history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Mark Kirk won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Alexander "Alexi" Giannoulias (D), LeAlan M. Jones (G), Mike Labno (L), Robert L. "Bob" Zadek (I), Will Boyd (I), Corey Dabney (I), Susanne Atanus (I), Shon-Tiyon "Santiago" Horton (I), Avner Nager (I), Stan Jagla (I), Darren Raichart (I), and Lowell M. Seida (I) in the general election.[16]

U.S. Senate, Illinois General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Steve Kirk 48% 1,778,698
     Democratic Alexander "Alexi" Giannoulias 46.4% 1,719,478
     Green LeAlan M. Jones 3.2% 117,914
     Libertarian Mike Labno 2.4% 87,247
     Independent Robert L. "Bob" Zadek 0% 561
     Independent Will Boyd 0% 468
     Independent Corey Dabney 0% 33
     Independent Susanne Atanus 0% 19
     Independent Shon-Tiyon "Santiago" Horton 0% 16
     Independent Avner Nager 0% 15
     Independent Stan Jagla 0% 12
     Independent Darren Raichart 0% 9
     Independent Lowell M. Seida 0% 3
Total Votes 3,704,473

2008

On November 4, 2008, Dick Durbin won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Steve Sauerberg (R), Kathy Cummings (G), Larry A. Stafford (L), Chad N. Koppie (I), and Patricia Elaine Beard (I) in the general election.[17]

U.S. Senate, Illinois General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard J. Durbin Incumbent 67.8% 3,615,844
     Republican Steve Sauerberg 28.5% 1,520,621
     Green Kathy Cummings 2.2% 119,135
     Libertarian Larry A. Stafford 0.9% 50,224
     Constitution Party of Illinois Chad N. Koppie 0.5% 24,059
     Independent Patricia Elaine Beard 0% 1
Total Votes 5,329,884

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 SENATE RACE RATINGS FOR JULY 18, 2014," accessed August 5, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 Senate Races," accessed August 5, 2014
  3. Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago, "2014 Primary: Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 2, 2014
  4. Illinois Election Division, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 2, 2013
  5. Daily Caller "Durbin gets a Republican challenger in Doug Truax" Accessed July 15, 2013
  6. Chad Koppie for Illinois "Home" Accessed July 18, 2013
  7. Prairie State Report "An Interview with Chad Koppie for U.S. Senate from Illinois" Accessed July 18, 2013
  8. Capitol Fax, "Oberweis considering US Senate bid, touts poll results," accessed September 26, 2013
  9. Chicago Tribune, "Oberweis' 2014 Senate bid against Durbin worries Republican leaders," accessed November 11, 2013
  10. Sharon Hansen for U.S. Senate, "Home," accessed September 27, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission "Kent Fitzsimmons," Accessed October 30, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Huffington Post "Senate 2014: How Much Money Do The Candidates Have?" accessed February 25, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Chicago Sun Times, "Video of State Sen. Jim Oberweis for U.S. Senate: ‘I made statements and commercials that I regretted’," accessed November 26, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"