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November 26, 2014

Ann Callis, Rodney Davis to Face Off in Targeted Illinois District

Former Madison County Judge Ann Callis picked up the Democratic nomination in Illinois’ 13th District Tuesday night and will now face a top target of national Democrats, freshman GOP Rep. Rodney Davis.

Callis defeated physics professor George Gollin 59 percent to 28 percent, with 56 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press. A third candidate, David Green, garnered 13 percent.

Davis defeated former Miss America Erika Harold 57 percent to 38 percent, with 65 percent of precincts reporting.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee backed Callis in the primary, and party operatives say she is the best candidate to defeat Davis in this swing district. President Barack Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney each received 49 percent of the district’s vote in 2012.

On the GOP side, Harold’s candidacy drew national attention last summer when she announced a primary challenge to Davis, but she never emerged as a serious threat to Davis’ political future. Harold failed to raise substantial funds and had trouble coalescing Republicans support.

The contest between Davis and Callis will likely be one of the marquee House races in 2014, with millions from outside groups likely to be dumped onto the airwaves. Illinois’ 13th District is rated a Tilt Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

On the top of the ticket, dairy magnate Jim Oberweis captured the GOP nomination for Senate. Oberweis defeated Army veteran Doug Truax 55 percent to 45 percent, with 54 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press.

Oberweis, who has run two failed Senate bids, two failed House bids and a failed gubernatorial bid since 2002, will take on Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin in November. The race is rated Safe Democratic by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • TerraBella32

    Does George Gollin Have Syphilis?

    Candidate’s Bizarre Behavior Suggests Brain Disease

    Syphilis may be the cause of a Congressional candidate’s recent bizarre behavior, medical experts have said.

    George Gollin, the bald, bespectacled Democrat candidate for Congress in Illinois’ 13th district, has exhibited public behavior recently that some observers described as “screwball,” “cuckoo,” “lame,” “dishonest,” “a joke,” “silly,” “goofy,” “idiotic” “pitiful,” “pathetic” and “absolutely bizarre”, according to published reports.

    Secondary stage syphilis symptoms include hair loss, while late (tertiary) stage syphilis symptoms include gradual blindness and dementia, experts said. Medical specialists agreed that George Gollin’s peculiar conduct is consistent with the cognitive dysfunction associated with brain injury or disease, including syphilis.

    Absent a complete physical and mental examination, doctors could not say with certainty that George Gollin is now free from syphilis or any other contagious disease.

    However, doctors cautioned that anyone who has had any kind of physical contact with George Gollin should seek medical advice immediately. This includes both intimate contact as well as casual contact, such as shaking hands at a campaign rally.

  • truthseeker53

    Recon someone can post what cities are in 13th dist? Wish “reporter” would’ve.

    • Nick Mirinowicz

      Decatur and Champaign

      • truthseeker53

        Thanks!

  • TerraBella32

    Does George Gollin Have Syphilis?

    Candidate’s Bizarre Behavior Suggests Brain Disease

    Syphilis may be the cause of a Congressional candidate’s recent bizarre behavior, medical experts have said.

    George Gollin, the bald, bespectacled Democrat candidate for Congress in Illinois’ 13th district, has exhibited public behavior recently that some observers described as “screwball,” “cuckoo,” “lame,” “dishonest,” “a joke,” “silly,” “goofy,” “idiotic” “pitiful,” “pathetic” and “absolutely bizarre”, according to published reports.

    Secondary stage syphilis symptoms include hair loss, while late (tertiary) stage syphilis symptoms include gradual blindness and dementia, experts said. Medical specialists agreed that George Gollin’s peculiar conduct is consistent with the cognitive dysfunction associated with brain injury or disease, including syphilis.

    Absent a complete physical and mental examination, doctors could not say with certainty that George Gollin is now free from syphilis or any other contagious disease.

    However, doctors cautioned that anyone who has had any kind of physical contact with George Gollin should seek medical advice immediately. This includes both intimate contact as well as casual contact, such as shaking hands at a campaign rally.

    • terjeanderson

      Moderators – you have the power to “blacklist” users like this who repeatedly spam the blog with these kinds of libelous posts. You should exercise that option in cases like this.

      • TerraBella32

        It’s not libelous if it’s true! Afraid of free speech? You sound like an Obamunist.

  • teapartyidiots

    Davis is very vulnerable – he only beat a much more liberal perennial candidate by less than a point in 2012.

  • Six Edits

    Haphazardly using the word “democracy” is dangerous because it implies that the potential goodness of democratic processes requires them to be continuously expanded.

  • Osaka Williams

    Those things which become available to most of us only become so because they were first the luxury of a few who could afford to try them.

  • George Gollin

    Does George Gollin Have Syphilis?

    Candidate’s Bizarre Behavior Suggests Brain Disease

    Syphilis may be the cause of a Congressional candidate’s recent bizarre behavior, medical experts have said.

    George Gollin, the bald, bespectacled Democrat candidate for Congress in Illinois’ 13th district, has exhibited public behavior recently that some observers described as “screwball,” “cuckoo,” “lame,” “dishonest,” “a joke,” “silly,” “goofy,” “idiotic” “pitiful,” “pathetic” and “absolutely bizarre”, according to published reports.

    Secondary stage syphilis symptoms include hair loss, while late (tertiary) stage syphilis symptoms include gradual blindness and dementia, experts said. Medical specialists agreed that George Gollin’s peculiar conduct is consistent with the cognitive dysfunction associated with brain injury or disease, including syphilis.

    Absent a complete physical and mental examination, doctors could not say with certainty that George Gollin is now free from syphilis or any other contagious disease.

    However, doctors cautioned that anyone who has had any kind of physical contact with George Gollin should seek medical advice immediately. This includes both intimate contact as well as casual contact, such as shaking hands at a campaign rally.

    • George Gollin

      Please remove the comment made by an imposter who is using my name. Contact me by email at the University of Illinois for more information.

      Thank you,
      George Gollin

  • George Gollin

    Please delete the comment by an imposter posting with my name, made 2
    days ago. The text of his message begins “God made…” and is from a
    user with disqus user name “George Gollin” (my disqus user name is
    George_Gollin_UIUC). I believe he had been posting previously using the user name “TerraBella32.”Please contact me via email for more information.

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