United States Senate election in Illinois, 2014

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United States Senate election in Illinois, 2014
Illinois
2008 ←
November 4, 2014 → 2020

  Richard Durbin official photo.jpg No image.svg
Nominee Dick Durbin Jim Oberweis
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,929,637 1,538,522
Percentage 53.55% 42.69%

Illinois Senatorial Election Results by County, 2014.svg

County results

U.S. Senator before election

Dick Durbin
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Dick Durbin
Democratic

The 2014 United States Senate election in Illinois took place on November 4, 2014, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of Illinois, concurrently with the election of the Governor of Illinois, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Incumbent Democratic Senator and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin ran for re-election to a fourth term.[1] He was unopposed in the Democratic primary. The Republicans nominated State Senator and perennial candidate for higher office Jim Oberweis.

Durbin defeated Oberweis and Libertarian Sharon Hansen with 53.5% of the vote, the smallest vote total of any of his Senate elections.

Background[edit]

Dick Durbin was first elected to the Senate in 1996 and was re-elected by increasingly larger margins in 2002 and 2008. He has served as Senate Majority Whip since 2007 and sought a fourth term in office.[1]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dick Durbin (Incumbent) 429,031 100%
Totals 429,031 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Removed[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Jim
Oberweis
Doug
Truax
Other Undecided
Market Shares Corp. February 5–8, 2014 600 ± 4% 52% 15% 2% 32%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Oberweis 423,097 56.08%
Republican Doug Truax 331,237 43.91%
Republican Write-in 54 <0.01%
Totals 754,388 100%

Independents and Third Party[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Removed from the ballot[edit]

General election[edit]

Fundraising[edit]

Campaign Finance Reports through November 24, 2014
Candidate Raised Spent
Dick Durbin $10,309,888 $12,453,951
Jim Oberweis $2,388,389 $2,416,774
Sharon Hansen $2,420 $2,367
Source: OpenSecrets[15]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Dick
Durbin (D)
Jim
Oberweis (R)
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling November 1–2, 2014 1,064 ± 3% 51% 41% 4%[16] 4%
52% 44% 4%
McKeon & Associates October 28, 2014 823 ± 3.9% 49% 39% 4%[16] 8%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov October 16–23, 2014 3,519 ± 3% 52% 39% 1% 9%
APC Research October 16–21, 2014 800 ± 3.5% 50% 36% 7%[17] 6%
Southern Illinois University September 23–October 15, 2014 691 LV ± 3.7% 46.9% 36.5% 0.3% 12.2%
1,006 RV ± 3% 48.9% 32.3% 0.2% 13.7%
UIS Survey Research October 2–8, 2014 723 ± 3.7% 50.4% 34.9% 0.6% 14.1%
We Ask America October 7, 2014 1,086 ± 2.98% 51% 38% 4%[16] 6%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov September 20–October 1, 2014 3,955 ± 2% 51% 39% 0% 9%
Rasmussen Reports September 24–25, 2014 750 ± 4% 51% 37% 4% 8%
Chicago Tribune September 3–12, 2014 800 ± 3.5% 55% 32% 5%[16] 7%
We Ask America September 4, 2014 1,014 ± 3.08% 49.29% 39.22% 3.73%[16] 7.76%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov August 18–September 2, 2014 4,363 ± 3% 50% 38% 1% 10%
We Ask America August 27, 2014 1,054 ± 3.02% 47.78% 40.5% 4.09%[16] 7.63%
Harper Polling* August 25–27, 2014 1,340 ± 2.68% 44% 38% 8%[16] 10%
Gravis Marketing August 4–5, 2014 567 ± 4% 48% 38% 14%
We Ask America July 30, 2014 1,049 ± 3.04% 53.11% 38.13% 8.76%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov July 5–24, 2014 5,324 ± 2.1% 48% 41% 1% 11%
We Ask America June 12, 2014 1,116 ± 2.93% 52.13% 38.6% 9.27%
Rasmussen Reports April 9–10, 2014 750 ± 4% 51% 37% 3% 10%
Public Policy Polling November 22–25, 2013 557 ± 4.2% 51% 36% 12%
We Ask America September 24, 2013 1,434 ± 2.86% 49.97% 38.67% 11.36%
  • * Internal poll for the Jim Oberweis campaign.

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Illinois, 2014[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dick Durbin (Incumbent) 1,929,637 53.55%
Republican Jim Oberweis 1,538,522 42.69%
Libertarian Sharon Hansen 135,316 3.76%
Write-in Various candidates 44 <0.01%
Majority 391,115 10.85%
Totals 3,603,519 100%
Democratic hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Pearson, Rick (March 8, 2013). "Durbin telling top Democrats he'll seek re-election in 2014". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Official Illinois State Board of Elections Results Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  3. ^ Pearson, Rick (22 November 2013). "Oberweis to run for U.S. Senate seat held by Durbin". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Held, Kevin (15 July 2013). "Doug Truax announces challenge for Durbin's U.S. Senate seat". KSDK.com. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Unknown Republicans File for Illinois Governor, US Senate, Legislature". Illinois Observer. December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Republican Candidate For Governor Kicked Off The Ballot". WUIS 919. January 10, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ Huston, Warner Todd (15 April 2013). "An Interview With Chad Koppie, Running for U.S. Senate From Illinois". Publius Forum. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Riopell, Mike (30 August 2013). "Walsh weighing a bid for Durbin's U.S. Senate seat". Daily Herald. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Choose Truax to challenge Durbin Chicago Tribune, March 5, 2014
  10. ^ "Fuji Shioura". Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sharon Hansen". Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Who is Chad Koppie?". Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Campaign 2014". Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Illinois Green Party on Sidelines in November Pantagraph.com, August 21, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014
  15. ^ Open Secrets | Elections | U.S. Senate opensecrets.org
  16. ^ a b c d e f g Sharon Hansen (L)
  17. ^ Sharon Hansen (L) 6%, Other 1%
  18. ^ "November 4, 2014 General election Official results". Illinois Secretary of State. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 

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