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February 12, 2016

Illinois Democrat Estimates $2.5 Million Race for Top Competitive Seat (Video)

The candidate: Former chief judge Ann Callis, a Democrat
The member: Freshman Rep. Rodney Davis, a Republican
The district: Mitt Romney narrowly won this district with 49 percent of the vote.
The candidate’s team: Marshall Cohen (manager), Travis Lowe and Clare Gannon of Three Point Media (media), Jason McGrath and Mike Bocian of GBA Strategies (polling), Emily Parcell and Beth Hernandez of The Pivot Group (mail)

Former chief judge Ann Callis said she will need to raise $2 million to $2.5 million to wage a competitive campaign in the 13th District next year, according to an Oct. 10 interview she gave CQ Roll Call.

Callis is seeking to oust freshman Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., in the competitive district that split nearly evenly between the two presidential candidates. Davis first faces a primary against former Miss America Erika Harold.

Callis, whom Democrats have touted as a top recruit, would not say whom she would rather face on Election Day 2014: Davis or Harold.

“I’m going to concentrate on my own race and then we’ll see who wins and that’s who I’ll be running against,” Callis said.

The race is rated Tossup/Tilt Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

This video interview series questions the scores of congressional hopefuls who visit the CQ Roll Call offices each cycle. Responses and questions have been edited and condensed. Have a question for a candidate? Follow us at @RollCallPols to learn about upcoming interviews.
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  • Mr. G. G. Garcia

    Two million dollars for a Congressional campaign. This is absurd. In Illinois where money is supposedly tight, at least state funds, it staggers the imagination. One look at the campaign staff explains why. That is a mini-presidential effort. The state is in the Democratic file. Republicans are barely tolerated. Judge Callis either lacks confidence or a tendency to over spend.

  • teapartyidiots

    It’s an even PVI district, but she’s a way stronger centrist candidate then the guy who Davis beat in 2012.

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