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Incumbents face primary challenges in Illinois congressional districts



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U.S. House Democrats say they could win a seat in IL's 6th CD

SPRINGFIELD – While objections with the State Board of Elections remain pending, several members of the Illinois congressional delegation face challenges in the March 2018 primary.

Among Democrat incumbents, 1st CD's Bobby Rush, 2nd CD's Robin Kelly, 3rd CD's Dan Lipinski, supposedly retiring 4th CD's Luis Gutierrez, 5th CD's Mike Quigley, 7th CD's Danny Davis, will face other names on the ballot.

Republican incumbents Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), Mike Bost (IL-12) and Darin LaHood (IL-18) will face primary challengers.

The Democrats are running polls in swing districts such as the 6th CD, suggesting Roskam could be in danger of losing his seat in 2018 and helping the Democrats regain a majority in the U.S. House. Hillary Clinton won in Roskam's district in 2016.  

Bobby Rush faced one challenger in the 1st CD race until he withdrew after Christmas:

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Democrat Robin Kelly faces one challenger while 2nd CD Republicans are having a three way primary race.

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Congressman Dan Lipinski, a Democrat that opposes abortion, is being challenged by a stridently pro-abortion challenger:

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Gutierrez has not officially eliminated his bid for re-election, although he's told the Chicago and national press he will not be running for reelection. Four Democrats are seeking to succeed Gutierrez.

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Mike Quigley's petitions are being challenged in a four-way Democrat primary race.

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Seven Democrats are vying to run against Congressman Peter Roskam in 2018.

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Two Democrats are trying to knock Congressman Danny Davis off the ballot in March:

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No Democrat is challenging incumbent Raja Krishnamoorthi in the 8th CD.

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Four Republicans are striving to challenge Jan Schakowsky next November in the 9th CD.

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Three Republicans are in the March 20th primary in the 10th CD.

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Bill Foster is unchallenged in the Democrat primary.

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Preston Nelson is challenge incumbent Mike Bost in the 11th CD, with three Democrats attempting to run against Bost in the fall:

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Randy Davis has no party challengers in the 13th, while five Democrats are vying to be on the November 2018 ballot.

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Congressman Randy Hultgren is not challenged in the 14th CD's March GOP primary, with five Democrats hoping to win the March primary:
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No Shimkus challengers in the 15th CD, while two Democrats compete to represent their party in November 2018. 
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Adam Kinzinger is being challenged by Republican James Marter in the 16th CD.

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Two Republicans and one Democrat incumbent will appear in their parties' primary ballots.

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GOP Incumbent Darin LaHood is being challenged by Donald Ray Rients of Benson IL.
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  1. Four candidates vying to be the GOP candidate against Jan Schakowsky in the 9th – that is amazing!
    I have been following, and have met many of the people who volunteered to become the sacrificial lambs against her over the past 2 decades.
    Hats off to them for trying – but here’s the reality.
    This once-suburban GOP district has been so gerrymandered (it now goes down to Boystown and even to North Ave. in Chicago) – that a Republican can spend 6 figures and mount a textbook campaign- as did Breitbart’s Joel Pollack – or be a certifiably insane woman and spend no money – as happened 2 cycles ago – and in either case will get only 22% to 26% of the vote.
    But God bless them for trying.
    At least it forces Schakowsky to spend some of her Evanston Democrat political machine money on herself, rather than giving it all to other leftist Dems.