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February 14, 2016

Schilling Announces Comeback Bid #IL17

Schilling is back for a rematch. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Ill., announced on Monday that he will challenge freshman Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., to a rematch in Illinois’ 17th District.

“Incumbent Congresswoman Bustos has proven during her time in Washington that she doesn’t understand or feel the pain of middle class families,” Schilling said in a news release announcing his bid. “We need a true representative fighting for us in Washington and incumbent Congresswoman Cheri Bustos has refused to act.”

Last year, Bustos ousted Schilling by a 6-point margin in the district, located in the northwest corner of the state on the Iowa border. Also in 2012, President Barack Obama carried the district with 58 percent.

Schilling has been eyeing a rematch for months, and Republicans argue the upcoming midterm election cycle will favor Republicans.

Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rates this a Democrat Favored contest.

  • spiritubrianus

    He definitely would be the strongest Republican candidate. But, he first won in a fluke election (2010). This district was drawn to be marginally Democratic. Moreover the Republican party in Illinois is a real basket case. It is an old, white, conservative party in an electorate that is increasingly diverse and minority identified. Unless we have a repeat of the 2010 midterms (not likely given GOP disarray), he would have to be regarded as a longshot. I would rate this district as ‘lean Democratic’.

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