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February 7, 2016

Republican to Challenge Freshman Democrat #IL12

Republican state Rep. Mike Bost will announce on Monday that he is challenging freshman Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Ill.,  in one of the state’s most competitive districts.

Bost’s campaign confirmed to CQ Roll Call that he will make his announcement at a series of stops throughout the 12th District, located in the southwest corner of the state.

“I’m very frustrated,” Bost said in a phone interview. “I feel like what has happened in Chicago that has caused us so much trouble statewide has moved to D.C. So I feel like I’ve got to do this.”

In 2012, Enyart won this district by 9 points over businessman Jason Plummer, a former candidate for lieutenant governor whom GOP operatives privately described as a lackluster candidate. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama carried the district by 2 points that year.

Republican operatives argue Bost, a former Marine Corps corporal who has served in the state House since 1995, has a better shot in 2014.

The 12th District is rated a Democrat Favored contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • terjeanderson

    Bost is the guy who has had numerous screaming, ranting, incoherent shouting breakdowns on the floor of the Illinois House.

    The ads against him will inevitably show him spitting into the microphone while yelling “let my people go”, throwing papers all over the house floor, and then violently knocking over his microphone and throwing it to the floor.

    Maybe that will play well with the Republican tea party base, but I suspect that most voter want an adult sent to represent them in Congress.

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