For the second time, Dennis Anderson won the Democratic primary in the 14th U.S. House district. That means he's in a rematch this November with incumbent Randy Hultgren, who defeated Anderson in 2012. The district covers McHenry County and reaches into the DeKalb County city of Sycamore.
Northern Illinois University political scientist, Matt Streb, says Anderson again faces an uphill battle:
Former Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross of Oswego has been declared the winner of the Republican primary race for state Treasurer. He defeated DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan.
Cross resigned his legislative seat in the fall to seek the post held by defeated Republican gubernatorial hopeful Dan Rutherford. Cross has said that, if elected, he will sue the General Assembly and governor if they don't create a balance budget.
Cross will face Democratic State Sen. Mike Frerichs, of Champaign, in the fall election. Frerichs was unopposed in the primary.
16th District Congressman Adam Kinzinger easily secured the Republican nomination in his re-election bid. The incumbent defeated Tea Party activist David Hale by a difference of more than 55-percentage points.
Next week, Republican voters in the 75th Illinois House District will choose the person they want to represent them in the general election this fall. The choice comes down to the man who has attracted positive national attention during his half-year in office and a long-time county government leader.
Republican State Representative Kay Hatcher announced last fall she wouldn’t run for the 50th district seat she has held since 2009. It didn’t take long for four Republicans and a Democrat to come forward and announce their intentions to replace her. We continue our primary election previews with a look at the candidates in the district that covers portions of southern Kane and northern Kendall counties.
Click the link above to hear Matt Streb discuss the Democrats competing in the 14th and 18th Congressional Districts, and the Republicans seeking the nomination in the 8th District.
In the interview, Streb also explains why it's important for underfunded and even unpolished candidates to compete for the right to challenge well-funded and experienced incumbents.
Be sure to join us next Tuesday, March 18, for election night coverage. Streb will join Dan Klefstad live in the studio to discuss results as they come in. Special coverage begins at 7:00, after the polls close.
In 2010, political newcomer Adam Kinzinger defeated an incumbent Congresswoman, Debbie Halvorson, in the 11th Congressional District. Halvorson, a conservative Democrat, had high marks from the National Rifle Association. Kinzinger had the nascent Tea Party on his side.