United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2012

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The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 to elect the 18 U.S. Representatives from the state, one from each of the state's 18 congressional districts, a loss of one seat following the 2010 United States Census. The elections coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including a quadrennial presidential election. Primary elections were held on March 20, 2012.[1]

Redistricting[edit]

A redistricting bill was introduced to the Illinois General Assembly by members of the Democratic Party in May 2011. Although Representatives are not required to live within their districts, the new map draws the homes of at least five Republican incumbents into districts where they will have to run against other Republicans, and others into districts which strongly favor Democrats.

After an amendment which modified the 13th and 15th districts was passed with Republican support,[2][3] the new map was passed by the Illinois House of Representatives on May 30, 2011[4] and the Senate on May 31.[5] Governor Pat Quinn, a Democrat, signed the map into law on June 24. Republican members of the congressional delegation planned to mount a legal challenge.[6]

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2012[7]
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Democratic 2,799,570 57.07% 8 12 +4
Republican 2,002,848 40.83% 11 6 -5
Others 102,826 2.16% 0 0 -
Totals 4,905,244 100.00% 19 18 -1

District 1[edit]

The 1st district, which has been represented by Democrat Bobby Rush since 1993, had seen a decline in population and so now extends into the Chicago suburbs and rural areas of Will County.[8] Harold Bailey;[9] Raymond Lodato;[9] Rush;[9] Clifford Russell Jr.;[9] Jordan Sims, a political commentator for an online newspaper;[10] and Fred Smith[9] sought the Democratic nomination. Bobby Rush won the primary with over 80% of the vote.

Blue Island mayor Donald Peloquin won the Republican nomination. He defeated Frederick Collins, a police officer who unsuccessfully ran for Cook County Sheriff in 2010,[11] and Jimmy Lee Tillman II.[9]

Primary results
Democratic primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bobby Rush (Incumbent) 64,533 83.9%
Democratic Raymond Lodato 3,210 4.2%
Democratic Harold Bailey 2,598 3.4%
Democratic Clifford Russell, Jr. 2,412 3.1%
Democratic Fred Smith 2,232 2.9%
Democratic Jordan Sims 1,980 2.6%
Totals 76,965 100%
Republican primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Donald Peloquin 16,355 69.2%
Republican Frederick Collins 5,773 24.4%
Republican Jimmy Lee Tillman II 1,501 6.4%
Totals 23,629 100%

Results[edit]

Illinois' 1st Congressional District election, 2012 [13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bobby Rush (Incumbent) 236,854 73.8%
Republican Donald Peloquin 83,989 26.2%
Write-in John Hawkins 1 0.0%
Totals 320,844 100%
Democratic hold

District 2[edit]

The new 2nd district stretches from Kankakee County, through Will County and to Chicago.[14] Democrat Jesse Jackson, Jr., who has represented the 2nd district since 1999, will seek re-election.[9] Former U.S. Representative Debbie Halvorson, who represented the 11th district from 2009 to 2011, challenged Jackson in the Democratic primary.[15] Jackson won with about 70% of the vote.

Brian Woodworth, an associate professor at Olivet Nazarene University, won the Republican nomination. He defeated James Taylor Sr., a newspaper publisher.[14] Republican Adam Kinzinger, who was first elected to represent the 11th district in 2010 and now lives in the 2nd district, is seeking re-election in the 16th district.[16]

Democratic primary polling
Poll source Date(s) administered Sample size Margin of error Debbie Halvorson Jesse Jackson, Jr. Undecided
We Ask America[17] February 21, 2012 1,294 ± 2.72% 32% 54% 14%
Primary results
Democratic primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jesse Jackson, Jr. (Incumbent) 56,109 71.2%
Democratic Debbie Halvorson 22,672 28.8%
Totals 78,781 100%
Republican primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Woodworth 11,123 63.7%
Republican James Taylor, Sr. 6,347 36.3%
Totals 17,470 100%

Results[edit]

Illinois' 2nd congressional district election results, 2012[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jesse Jackson, Jr. (Incumbent)[18] 188,303 63.3%
Republican Brian Woodworth 69,115 23.2%
Independent Marcus Lewis 40,006 13.4%
Write-in Anthony W. Williams 288 0.1%
Totals 297,712 100%
External links

District 3[edit]

The 3rd district, which has been represented by Democrat Dan Lipinski since 2005, now extends to Bridgeport, Chicago and Lockport, Will County.[8] Lipinski is seeking re-election. Farah Baqai, a police officer, unsuccessfully challenged Lipinski in the Democratic primary.[19] Insurance executive and health care activist John Atkinson was expected to challenge incumbent Lipinski, and raised over $535,000 in the first quarter of 2011,[20] but no longer lives in Lipinski's district. Atkinson had considered instead running in the 11th district,[8][21] but suspended his campaign on June 14, 2011.[22]

Richard Grabowski, a supervisor at a manufacturing company, won the Republican nomination. He defeated attorney Jim Falvey and insurance sales representative Arthur J. Jones.[19]

Primary results
Democratic primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dan Lipinski (Incumbent) 44,532 87.3%
Democratic Farah Baqai 6,463 12.7%
Totals 50,995 100%
Republican primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard Grabowski 20,895 59.3%
Republican Jim Falvey 10,449 29.7%
Republican Arthur Jones 3,861 11.0%
Totals 35,205 100%

Results[edit]

Illinois' 3rd congressional district election, 2012[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dan Lipinski (Incumbent) 168,738 68.5%
Republican Richard Grabowski 77,653 31.5%
Write-in Laura Anderson 7 0.0%
Totals 246,398 100%
External links

District 4[edit]

The 4th district, which has been represented by Democrat Luis Gutiérrez since 1993, was extended to incorporate Gutiérrez's new home in Portage Park.[8] Gutiérrez secured the Democratic nomination by defeating Jorge Zavala, who has taught with the City Colleges of Chicago and ran as a write-in candidate since he had been removed from the ballot by the Illinois Board of Elections in January 2012.[23][24]

Héctor Concepción, a former director of the Puerto Rican chamber of commerce, had been removed from the ballot by the Illinois Board of Elections in January 2012,[23][25] but has since refiled and is challenging Gutiérrez as the Republican nominee in the general election.[26]

Primary results
Democratic primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Luis Gutiérrez (Incumbent) 30,908 99.98%
Democratic Jorge Zavala (write-in) 6 0.02%
Totals 30,914 100%
Republican primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Héctor Concepción (write-in) 10 100%

Results[edit]

Illinois' 4th congressional district election, 2012[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Luis Gutiérrez (Incumbent) 133,226 83.0%
Republican Héctor Concepción 27,279 17.0%
Write-in Ymelda Viramontes 4 0.0%
Totals 160,509 100%

District 5[edit]

The 5th district, which has been represented by Democrat Mike Quigley since 2009, was redrawn to include Franklin Park, Elmwood Park, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, River Grove, Schiller Park and parts of Melrose Park, Stone Park and the North Side of Chicago. Quigley will seek re-election.[19]

Dan Schmitt, who is self-employed, won the Republican nomination with no opposition.[19]

Nancy Wade, a community activist, is running as the Green Party nominee.[27]

Results[edit]

Illinois' 5th congressional district election results, 2012[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Quigley (Incumbent) 177,729 65.7%
Republican Dan Schmitt 77,289 28.6%
Green Nancy Wade 15,359 5.7%
Totals 270,377 100%
External links

District 6[edit]

The 6th district, which has been represented by Republican Peter Roskam since 2007, is one of two districts which are expected to remain strongly favorable to Republicans[28] although it has been redrawn to include Algonquin, Barrington, Cary, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Lake in the Hills, Lake Zurich, Palatine, South Elgin, West Chicago, Westmont and Wheaton.[19][29] Roskam ran unopposed in the Republican primary.

Leslie Coolidge, a Certified Public Accountant and former partner at KPMG;[30] won the Democratic nomination. She ran against Geoffrey Petzel, the owner of a small business;[31] and Maureen E. Yates, a retired businesswoman.[32][33] Tim Ritter, a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago had planned to run,[33] but was removed from the ballot by the Illinois Board of Elections in February 2012.[34]

Khizar Jafri, a traffic analyst, is running as an Independent.[35]

Primary results
Democratic primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Leslie Coolidge 9,919 54.5%
Democratic Maureen Yates 5,934 32.6%
Democratic Geoffrey Petzel 2,343 12.9%
Totals 18,196 100%

Results[edit]

Illinois' 6th congressional district election results, 2012[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Peter Roskam (Incumbent) 193,138 59.2%
Democratic Leslie Coolidge 132,991 40.8%
Totals 326,129 100%
External links
Leslie Coolidge
Khizar Jafri
Peter Roskam

District 7[edit]

The 7th district, which has been represented by Democrat Danny K. Davis since 1997, was redrawn to include parts of LaGrange Park and Westchester. Davis will seek re-election. Jacques A. Conway, a pastor and retired police officer, unsuccessfully challenged Davis in the Democratic primary.[19]

Rita Zak is challenging Davis as the Republican nominee.[36]

Primary results
Democratic primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Danny Davis (Incumbent) 57,896 84.5%
Democratic Jacques Conway 10,638 15.5%
Totals 68,534 100%

Results[edit]

Illinois' 7th congressional district election results, 2012[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Danny K. Davis (Incumbent) 242,439 84.6%
Republican Rita Zak 31,466 11.0%
Independent John Monaghan 12,523 4.4%
Write-in Phil Collins 5 0.0%
Write-in Dennis Richter 2 0.0%
Totals 286,435 100%
External links

District 8[edit]

Republican Joe Walsh, who was first elected to represent the 8th district in 2010, ran for re-election despite no longer living within the redrawn boundaries of the district. Walsh had initially decided to run in the redrawn 14th district.[37] Walsh defeated write-in candidate Robert Canfield, a business owner who had planned to challenge him in the Republican primary before being removed from the ballot by the Illinois Board of Elections.[38] Rich Evans, an accountant, had planned to challenge Walsh in the Republican primary,[39] but was removed from the ballot by the Illinois Board of Elections in January 2012.[38] State representative David Harris;[40] Craig Johnson, the mayor of Elk Grove Village;[41] businessman Andrew Palomo[39][42] and DuPage County Superintendent of Education Darlene Ruscitti[43] did not run.

Tammy Duckworth won the Democratic nomination. Duckworth is an Iraq veteran, a former official in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and a former candidate for Illinois's 6th congressional district in 2006.[44] She defeated Raja Krishnamoorthi, a former deputy state treasurer and unsuccessful candidate for Illinois Comptroller in 2010.[45] Melissa Bean, a Democrat who represented the 8th district from 2005 until 2011, said in April 2011 that she would not run in 2012,[46] and in June 2011 endorsed Krishnamoorthi's campaign.[47]

Walsh and Duckworth scheduled four debates. The first was held on May 12, 2012 on CLTV, the second on September 14 in West Dundee at Heritage Fest, the third on October 9 on WCPT and WIND at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows, open to 8th district residents. The fourth was held on October 18 on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight.[48]

The Chicago Tribune endorsed Duckworth over Walsh on October 8, 2012,[49] as did the Daily Herald.[50]

Primary results
Democratic primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tammy Duckworth 17,097 66.2%
Democratic Raja Krishnamoorthi 8,736 33.8%
Totals 25,833 100%
Republican primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joe Walsh (Incumbent) 35,102 99.9%
Republican Robert Canfield (write-in) 54 0.1%
Totals 35,156 100%

Results[edit]

Illinois' 8th congressional district election results, 2012[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tammy Duckworth 123,206 54.7%
Republican Joe Walsh (Incumbent) 101,860 45.3%
Totals 225,066 100%
External links
Debates

District 9[edit]

Democrat Jan Schakowsky, who has represented the 9th district since 1999, will seek re-election.[51] Simon Ribeiro, a high school teacher who unsuccessfully ran as the Green Party nominee in 2010, unsuccessfully challenged Schakowsky in the Democratic primary.[52]

Timothy Wolfe, an accountant, sought and received the Republican nomination unopposed.[51] Robert Dold, who was first elected to represent the 10th district in 2010, lives in the new 9th district,[8] but will seek re-election in the 10th.[53] Wolfe earned the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune.[54]

Primary results
Democratic primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jan Schakowsky (Incumbent) 48,124 91.9%
Democratic Simon Ribeiro 4,270 8.1%
Totals 52,394 100%

Results[edit]

Illinois' 9th congressional district election results, 2012[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jan Schakowsky (Incumbent) 194,869 66.3%
Republican Timothy Wolfe 98,924 33.7%
Write-in Hilaire Fuji Shioura 8 0.0%
Write-in Susanne Atanus 6 0.0%
Totals 293,807 100%
External links

District 10[edit]

Robert Dold, who was first elected to represent the 10th district in 2010, will seek re-election.[53] Dold no longer lives in the redrawn district,[8] but will move into the district if he wins re-election.[53]

Deerfield management consultant Brad Schneider[55] won the Democratic nomination. He defeated Vivek Bavda, an attorney from Mundelein;[56] Ilya Sheyman, a community organizer from Waukegan;[57] and John Tree, business executive and a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.[58] Aloys Rutagwibira, a mathematician and basketball coach, had planned to run[59] but was removed from the ballot by the Illinois Board of Elections in February 2012.[34] State senator Susan Garrett[60] and state representative Carol Sente,[61] both of whom are Democrats, will not run. Bob McKenzie, a lawyer, had planned to run for the Democratic nomination,[62] but withdrew from the race in July 2011.[63]

Primary results
Democratic primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brad Schneider 15,530 46.9%
Democratic Ilya Sheyman 12,767 38.5%
Democratic John Tree 2,938 8.9%
Democratic Vivek Bavda 1,881 5.7%
Democratic Aloys Rutagwibira (write-in) 8 0.0%
Totals 33,124 100%
General election polling
Poll source Date(s) administered Sample size Margin of error Robert
Dold (R)
Brad
Schneider (D)
Undecided
Greenberg, Quinlan Rosner[64] August 8–12, 2012 400 LV ± 4.9% 46% 46% 8%
McLaughlin & Associates[64] June 20–21, 2012 400 LV ± 4.9% 42% 32% 26%
Normington Petts[65] May 21–23, 2012 400 LV ± 4.9% 39% 39% 22%

Results[edit]

Illinois' 10th congressional district election results, 2012[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brad Schneider 133,890 50.6%
Republican Bob Dold (Incumbent) 130,564 49.4%
Totals 264,454 100%
External links

District 11[edit]

The newly-drawn 11th district is the successor to the old 13th District, which has been represented by Republican Judy Biggert since 1999. While the reconfigured district contains half of Biggert's former territory, it was made significantly more Democratic than before. It now includes the Democratic-leaning areas of Joliet and Aurora. Biggert's home in Hinsdale was drawn into the 5th District, but Biggert is seeking reelection in this district.[8]

Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham and Diane Harris, a notary public, had planned to run but were removed from the ballot by the Illinois State Board of Elections in February 2012.[66] Chris Balkema, a member of the Grundy County Board;[67] and Aurora alderman Richard Irvin[68] both considered seeking the Republican nomination; however, both later announced they would not run. State senator Chris Lauzen, who had considered seeking the Republican nomination in the 11th district,[69] instead ran for Kane County Board Chairman.[70] Biggert won the primary against nominal write-in opposition from Harris.

Former U.S. Representative Bill Foster won the Democratic primary. He represented the 14th district from 2008 until 2011. Foster defeated James Hickey, the president of the Orland Fire Protection District; and former Aurora Township clerk Juan Thomas.[11] Insurance executive and health care activist John Atkinson, who had previously planned to challenge fellow Democrat Dan Lipinski in the 3rd district, had expressed interest in running in the 11th district, where his home is located;[8][21] but suspended his campaign on June 14, 2011.[22] State representative Linda Chapa LaVia and state senator Linda Holmes, both Democrats, declined to run.[71]

Primary results
Republican primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Judy Biggert (Incumbent) 31,471 99.9%
Republican Diane Harris (write-in) 37 0.1%
Totals 31,508 100%
Democratic primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bill Foster 12,126 58.5%
Democratic Juan Thomas 5,212 25.1%
Democratic Jim Hickey 3,399 16.4%
Totals 20,737 100%
General election polling
Poll source Date(s) administered Sample size Margin of error Judy
Biggert (R)
Bill
Foster (D)
Undecided
Global Strategies Group[72][73] August 27–29, 2012 400 LV ± 4.9% 43% 42% 15%

Results[edit]

Illinois' 11th congressional district election results, 2012[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bill Foster 148,928 58.6%
Republican Judy Biggert (Incumbent) 105,348 41.4%
Write-in Chris Michel 19 0.0%
Totals 254,295 100%
External links

District 12[edit]

Democrat Jerry Costello, who has represented the 12th district since 1988, decided to retire rather than run for re-election.[74]

Major General (ret.) William Enyart, a lawyer and until 2012 the Adjutant General of Illinois, was the Democratic nominee and general election winner. St. Clair County Regional Superintendent of Schools Brad Harriman won the Democratic primary,[75] defeating retired carpenter Kenneth Wiezer.[76] Chris Miller, the Illinois political director of the Truman National Security Project and U.S. Army veteran of the Iraq War, had planned to run;[77] but ended his campaign in February 2012 and endorsed Harriman (but remained on the primary ballot).[78] In May 2012, however, Harriman dropped out of the race because of an illness; that left the decision of whom to name as a replacement candidate up to a committee that included the 12 Democratic county chairmen in the district and Rep. Costello.[79] The committee unanimously selected Bill Enyart on June 23.[80][81] St. Clair County Chief Judge John Baricevic;[75] State representative John E. Bradley;[82] Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis;[83] state senator James Clayborne, Jr.;[84] state representative Jerry Costello II, the elder Costello's son;[85] state senator Bill Haine;[84] state representative Tom Holbrook;[86] former state representative Jay C. Hoffman, who considered running in the 12th district while a candidate for the 13th;[85][87] St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly;[85] St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern;[84] Madison County Circuit Clerk Matt Melucci;[85] and Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon[75] chose not to seek the Democratic nomination.

Jason Plummer at an event in Bethalto, Illinois, 2011

Jason Plummer won the Republican nomination. He was the 2010 nominee for Lieutenant Governor.[88] Plummer defeated Rodger Cook, a former mayor of Belleville,[76][89] and Theresa Kormos, a nurse from O'Fallon and unsuccessful Republican primary candidate for the 12th district in 2010.[90] Teri Newman, a businesswoman from Highland who unsuccessfully challenged Costello as the Republican nominee in 2010, had planned to run again[91] but was removed from the ballot by the Illinois Board of Elections in February 2012.[92] State representative Mike Bost did not seek the Republican nomination.[93]

Paula Bradshaw, a registered nurse, is running as the Green Party nominee.[94] Retha Daugherty, a small-business owner and resident of Carbondale, had announced her intentions to be on the ballot as an Independent candidate,[95] but had to drop her bid in April 2012 because of a change in state election law.[96]

Primary results
Democratic primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brad Harriman 27,409 69.8%
Democratic Chris Miller 8,874 22.6%
Democratic Kenneth Wiezer 2,967 7.6%
Totals 39,250 100%
Republican primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jason Plummer 25,280 55.7%
Republican Rodger Cook 16,313 35.9%
Republican Theresa Kormos 3,811 8.4%
Totals 45,404 100%
General election polling
Poll source Date(s) administered Sample size Margin of error Jason
Plummer (R)
Bill
Enyart (D)
Undecided
Public Opinion Strategies[97] August 1–2, 2012 400 LV ± 4.9% 45% 28% 27%
We Ask America[98] July 9, 2012 1510 LV ± 2.5% 45% 34% 21%

Results[edit]

Illinois' 12th congressional district election results, 2012[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William Enyart 157,000 51.7%
Republican Jason Plummer 129,902 42.7%
Green Paula Bradshaw 17,045 5.6%
Write-in Shon-Tiyon Horton 2 0.0%
Totals 303,947 100%
External links

District 13[edit]

The new 13th is the successor to the old 15th District, represented by Republican Tim Johnson since 2001. Johnson defeated Michael Firsching, a veterinarian,[99] and Frank Metzger, a retired ironworker,[100] in the Republican primary. In April 2012, however, Johnson chose to retire rather than seek re-election.[101][102] A convention was be held on May 19, 2012, to choose a replacement nominee. The four candidates chosen by local Republican officials that vied for the chance to replace Johnson on the ballot were: Jerry Clarke, chief of staff to fellow U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren and Johnson's former chief of staff; Rodney L. Davis, an aide to fellow U.S. Representative John Shimkus; Erika Harold, a lawyer and winner of Miss America in 2003; and Kathy Wassink, a businesswoman. Becky Doyle, a former director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture; Firsching; Metzger; and Samuel Spradlin, a truck driver, were interviewed but not chosen for the position.[103] The 14 GOP county chairmen in the district unanimously selected Davis as the party nominee.[104]

Physician David Gill won the Democratic nomination.[105] He defeated Greene County State's Attorney Matt Goetten.[106] Democratic state senator Mike Frerichs,[107] former state representative Jay Hoffman,[87] labor lawyer Mark N. Lee,[108] and Champaign County Board member Brendan McGinty[109] did not run.

John Hartman, a medical technology company CFO, ran as an independent candidate.[110]

Primary results
Republican primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tim Johnson (Incumbent)[111] 35,655 68.7%
Republican Frank Metzger 9,571 18.4%
Republican Michael Firsching 6,706 12.9%
Totals 51,932 100%
Democratic primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Gill 15,536 50.3%
Democratic Matt Goetten 15,373 49.7%
Totals 30,909 100%
General election polling
Poll source Date(s) administered Sample size Margin of error Rodney
Davis (R)
David
Gill (D)
Undecided
We Ask America[112] June 7, 2012 1,299 ± 2.79% 47% 38% 15%

Results[edit]

Illinois' 13th congressional district election results, 2012[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rodney L. Davis 137,034 46.6%
Democratic David Gill 136,032 46.2%
Independent John Hartman 21,319 7.2%
Totals 294,385 100%
External links

District 14[edit]

The redrawn 14th district will include McHenry County and parts of DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, and Will counties.[113] Republican Randy Hultgren, who was first elected to represent the 14th district in 2010, will run for re-election.[114] Fellow Republican Joe Walsh, who was first elected to represent the 8th district in 2010 and had planned to challenge Hultgren in the Republican primary, will instead seek re-election in the redrawn 8th district.[37]

The Democratic nominee is Dennis Anderson, a public health researcher and trustee of the International Breast Cancer Research Foundation.[113] He defeated Jonathan Farnick, a computer support technician.[115] Bill Foster, a Democrat who represented the 14th district from 2008 until 2011, decided to run in the 11th district in 2012 although some Illinois General Assembly leaders had hoped Foster would run in the 14th district, where his home is located.[21] State representative Jack Franks considered a bid but decided against it.[116] Frank McClatchey, a former McHenry alderman and former chairman of the McHenry County Democratic Party, had planned to run,[117] but declined to do so following Walsh's decision to run elsewhere.[118]

Primary results
Democratic primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dennis Anderson 9,344 74.2%
Democratic Jonathan Farnick 3,258 25.8%
Totals 12,602 100%

Results[edit]

Illinois' 14th congressional district election results, 2012[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Randy Hultgren (Incumbent) 177,603 58.8%
Democratic Dennis Anderson 124,351 41.2%
Totals 301,954 100%
External links
Randy Hultgren
Dennis Anderson

District 15[edit]

Republican John Shimkus, who has represented the now-obsolete 19th district since 2003 and represented the 20th district (eliminated after redistricting following the 2000 Census) from 1997 until 2003, sought re-election in the new 15th district.[119]

Angela Michael, a retired nurse, won the Democratic nomination without opposition.[120]

Results[edit]

Illinois' 15th congressional district election results, 2012[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Shimkus (Incumbent) 205,775 68.6%
Democratic Angela Michael 94,162 31.4%
Totals 299,937 100%
External links

District 16[edit]

In redistricting, the 16th district was moved south to incorporate Livingston and Iroquois Counties and parts of Ford County.[121] Republican U.S. Representatives Adam Kinzinger, who has represented the 11th district since January 2011,[16] and Don Manzullo, who has represented the 16th district since 1993,[122] sought re-election in the new 16th district. Kinzinger defeated Manzullo in a contentious primary.[123] Frank Gambino, the majority leader of the Winnebago County Board, had been expected to form an exploratory committee with the aim of seeking the Republican nomination;[124] however, he announced in September 2011 that he would instead run for the Illinois Senate.[125]

Wanda Rohl, a social worker, was chosen by the district Democratic leaders on May 8, 2012 to run as the party nominee against Kinzinger.[126]

Bronco Bojovic, a businessman, had planned to run as an Independent candidate but dropped out of the race in February 2012.[127][128]

Republican primary polling
Poll source Date(s) administered Sample size Margin of error Adam Kinzinger Don Manzullo Undecided
We Ask America[129] March 11–12, 2012 1,605 ± 2.44% 42.25% 42.64% 15.11%
We Ask America[130] February 19–20, 2012 1,395 ± 2.62% 47% 34% 19%
Primary results
Republican primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Adam Kinzinger (Incumbent) 45,546 53.9%
Republican Don Manzullo (Incumbent) 38,889 46.1%
Totals 84,435 100%

Results[edit]

Illinois' 16th congressional district election results, 2012[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Adam Kinzinger (Incumbent) 181,789 61.8%
Democratic Wanda Rohl 112,301 38.2%
Totals 294,090 100%
External links

District 17[edit]

The 17th district, based in Rock Island and Moline, was extended to include most of Rockford and the more Democratic areas of Peoria and Tazewell County, thereby making it more favorable to Democrats.[131] Republican Bobby Schilling, who represented the district since January 2011, ran for re-election.[132]

East Moline alderwoman Cheri Bustos[133] won the Democratic nomination. She defeated Greg Aguilar, the director of multicultural services at Augustana College[134] and Freeport mayor George Gaulrapp.[135] Former state representative Mike Boland;[136] former U.S. Representative Phil Hare, who represented the district from 2007 until 2011,[132] state senator Dave Koehler,[137] activist Porter McNeill,[133] and former Rock Island mayor Mark Schwiebert[138] did not run for the Democratic nomination.

Attorney Eric Reyes, who had announced he would seek the Democratic nomination,[139] ran as an independent candidate.[140]

Primary results
Democratic primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Cheri Bustos 18,652 54.4%
Democratic George Gaulrupp 8,838 25.8%
Democratic Greg Aguilar 6,798 19.8%
Totals 34,288 100%
General election polling
Poll source Date(s) administered Sample size Margin of error Bobby
Schilling (R)
Cheri
Bustos (D)
Undecided
WeAskAmerica[141] October 28, 2012 1,325 ± 2.8% 52% 48% -
Public Opinion Strategies[142] October 14–15, 2012 400 ± 4.9% 51% 44%
WeAskAmerica[143] October 9, 2012 1183 ± 2.9% 46% 46% 8%
Anzalone Liszt Research[144] October 2–4, 2012 400 ± 4.9% 44% 45% 11%
GBA Strategies[145] September 24–26, 2012 600 ± 4.0% 47% 45%
Public Opinion Strategies[146] August 8–9, 2012 400 ± 4.9% 50% 37% 13%
Public Opinion Strategies[146] May 2012 400 ± 4.9% 51% 35% 14%
Public Opinion Strategies[146] February 2012 44% 35% 21%

Results[edit]

Illinois' 17th congressional district election results, 2012[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Cheri Bustos 153,519 53.3%
Republican Bobby Schilling (Incumbent) 134,623 46.7%
Write-in Eric Reyes 10 0.0%
Write-in Joe Faber 9 0.0%
Totals 288,161 100%
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District 18[edit]

Republican Aaron Schock, who has represented the 18th district since 2009, ran for and won re-election. The district is one of two which were expected to remain strongly favorable to Republicans.[28] Peoria's more Democratic southern portion was shifted to the 17th District, and was replaced by the heavily Republican Bloomington-Normal and Quincy areas.[131] Darrel Miller, a farmer, had planned to challenge Schock in the Republican primary,[147] but was removed from the ballot by the Illinois Board of Elections in February 2012.[148]

Steve Waterworth, a farmer and former master sergeant in the Air Force and Air National Guard; and Matthew Woodmancy sought the Democratic nomination.[147] Waterworth won the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012, and faced Schock in the general election.[149]

Primary results
Democratic primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Steve Waterworth 10,211 69.6%
Democratic Matthew Woodmancy 4,465 30.4%
Totals 14,676 100%

Results[edit]

Illinois' 18th congressional district election results, 2012[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Aaron Schock (Incumbent) 244,467 74.2%
Democratic Steve Waterworth 85,164 25.8%
Totals 329,631 100%
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