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February 13, 2016

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Illinois’ 13th District

Davis faces a competitive race in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Few true swing districts remain on the congressional map following the most recent round of redistricting in 2012, but Illinois’ 13th District still fits that description.

The downstate district splits along partisan lines, and voters essentially handed a tie to President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney in 2012. Republican freshman Rep. Rodney Davis captured the seat in 2012 with one of the slimmest margins of the cycle, defeating Democrat David Gill by less than 1 point. 

Democrats viewed Gill as a lackluster, perennial candidate. But after three failed House bids, he defeated attorney Matt Goetten — who was recruited by national Democrats — by less than 1 point in the primary.

Democrats face a similar situation this cycle, while Republicans have a primary problem of their own.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has anointed former judge Ann Callis as its pick to take on Davis in November, but she has company in the primary. Physics professor George Gollin may not have high name recognition like Gill had in 2012, but he does have money. At of the end of the third quarter, Gollin had $262,000 in the bank and Callis had $370,000.

Davis also has a primary challenger: Former Miss America Erika Harold. But her lackluster fundraising and poor polling make her less of a threat.

No matter who wins the nod, this will be one of the marquee House contests this cycle, likely to see millions in outside-group spending.

Illinois’ 13th District is rated a Tilt Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Editor’s note: Not all congressional races are created equal, and Roll Call’s politics desk admits to playing favorites. So in the spirit of the holidays, these are a few of our favorite things (races) to cover this cycle. We’re shining a spotlight on our 12 most fascinating races through the new year — in no particular order. Happy holidays from @RollCallPols!

Check out more fascinating races of 2014: California’s 31st District and California’s 17th District.

  • Russell Allen Hurley For Congr

    Which country has the most people in prison?

    You might think China, with over a billion people, a restrictive government, or Soviets, still imprisoned in Russia.

    The United States has the most people in prison, by far, of any country
    in the world. With five percent of the world’s population, we have 25%
    of the world’s prisoners — 2.3 million criminals. China, with a
    population quadruple (X4) our size, is #2 with 1.600,000 million people
    in prison.

    In 1972, 350,000 Americans were in imprisoned. In
    2010, this number had grown to 2.300,000 million. Yet from 1988 — 2008,
    crime rates have declined by 25% percent.

    Is anyone interested in why so many people are in prison when crime has dropped?
    time to end the madness of incarcerating non violent citizens for a
    simple (non-toxic) plant. We shouldn’t wait until we have time to deal
    with it, as is the case with many fence sitters in office currently and
    candidates as well.

    The time is NOW!!! The time to end the
    madness of incarcerating non violent citizens for a simple (non-toxic)
    plant. We shouldn’t wait until we have time to deal with it, as is the
    case with some of my fence sitting friends in office currently and
    candidates as well. The time is NOW!!! Just give me TWO YEARS! I will
    work tirelessly to create JOBS, JOBS, and more JOBS through hemp and
    marijuana legalization at the federal level, This will create a TRILLION
    DOLLAR commodity/crop to the world and tens of thousands of jobs to
    OHIO. We will change the poor performing corn ethanol industry and get
    clean, renewable energy at the same time. I’ll work to double minimum
    wage and base military pay. These will make unemployment, food stamps
    and welfare enrollment drop to lower levels then seen in decades.

    I HOPE for your Ohio 2nd District endorsement.

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  • TerraBella32

    Nearly all of George Gollin’s purported “fund-raising” is money he loaned himself. He’s a scam-artist and you got scammed! George Gollin is also an academic fraud who admits his “dissertation” is not his own independent work but was written for him by 15 friends!! George Gollin is a self-described “crackpot” who has been sued multiple times in federal court for extortion, stalking, defamation, civil rights violations and computer hacking!!! George Gollin made 1280 posts on a website operated by a notorious gay boy pornographer!!!! If you are looking for something “fascinating,” start by telling the truth about the haggard, aging, joke George Gollin.

  • Mike Becker

    Please cite your sources for this slanderous crap or just stfu!

  • TerraBella32

    It’s not slanderous if it’s true! Google is your friend. If you can’t find it you aren’t trying very hard.

  • Scott Abbott

    If Ann Callis wins, Illinois wins. Democrats need to take back the house so we can finally get past this dead lock and pass legislation that will make America grow again. Remember, Republicans are the party of no and sticking to the past while Democrats are the party of yes and have the future in sight.

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