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2012 Illinois House District 8 Election  
Joe Walsh - inc  vs.  Tammy Duckworth

General Information

Current Office Holder

Joe Walsh (R)

Most Recent Election

2010:  Joe Walsh (R) 48.5% - Melissa Bean (D)-inc 48.3%

Election Timeline

  • December 11, 2011 - Deadline to file for candidacy
  • March 20, 2012 - Primary elections
  • November 6, 2012 - Election day
  • Latest Polls and Updates

    Conservative Ranking

    Illinois is the 7th least conservative state, voting 17.84% less Republican in the 2008 presidential elections than the national average.

    Partisan Trend

    Based on voting patterns since 1992, Illinois is trending DEMOCRAT in presidential elections.

    GOP Trend Ranking

    Illinois ranks 41st among the 50 states.
    House District 8 Race Data
    Incumbent  GOP freshman Republican Joe Walsh first announced intentions to run in District 14 in 2012.  He then decided to run again in District 8.  He faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Joe Walsh - Incumbent  
  • DEM Candidates

  • Tammy Duckworth - Former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs  
  • Raja Krishnamoorthi
  • Party nominee -

    Scroll down for Election Projection blogposts about this race.

    Illinois U.S. House Election News
    Monday, December 5, 2011
    Illinois 2012 Preview
    Today we resume the "Tour of the 50 states" with a first look at Illinois.

    Reapportionment and Redistricting:  One congressional seat was lost here as a result of the 2010 census.  Nevertheless, at 18 seats, Illinois' House delegation will remain formidable for the next decade at least.  And that delegation will likely be decidedly bluer after the upcoming election cycle.  Since Democrats control the redistricting process and since Republicans hold an unlikely 11-8 advantage in present congressional representation, redistricting prospects are ripe for a large Democratic shift.  Indeed, Cook Political Report foresees the GOP losing up to 4 seats here just from the new map.  Of course, that depends on the outcome of a court battle now underway to throw out the map Democrats have drawn.  However, I don't expect them to have to go back to the drawing board this time.

    President:  A deep blue state for 20 years now in presidential elections, Illinois will be friendly territory once again for President Obama.  President George H.W. Bush was the last Republican to carry the state back in 1988; 2012's nominee won't be the next.  Obama will enjoy another Solid DEM Hold in the state that elected him to the Senate before helping him win the White House in 2008.

    Senate:  Entrenched Democratic Senator Richard Durbin will be up for a fourth term in 2014.  His Republican counterpart, freshman Mark Steven Kirk, won't be up for re-election until 2016.

    Governor:  Pat Quinn was promoted to the Governor's Mansion in 2009 after Rod Blagojevich's disgraced exit.  The Democrat then proceeded to win a very close race in 2010 against Republican Bill Brady.  He'll be up for re-election again in 2014.

    House:  Illinois is one of the states most affected by redistricting.  Like North Carolina for Republicans, the Land of Lincoln has become the land of opportunity for Democrats.  This cycle starts off here at Election Projection with a full one-third of all Illinois House seats on the hotly-contested list.  Among them, only District 12 is currently held by a Democrat, and only District 13 is initially projected to stay with the Republicans.  The rest, Districts 8,10,11,17, start the season as projected Democratic takeovers.  Election 2010 saw the GOP sweep away four Democratic incumbents in Illinois.  Democrats seem poised to wipe out those Republican gains in 2012.

    Check out the Illinois state page throughout 2012 for all the exciting details.

    Next stop:  Indiana

    Filed under:  Illinois 2012  IL President 2012  IL House 2012 

    posted by Scott Elliott at 10:03pm 12/05/11::

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    Joe Walsh - inc
    Tammy Duckworth
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    Robert Dold - inc
    Bradley Schneider
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    Judy Biggert - inc
    Bill Foster
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    William Enyart
    Jason Plummer
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    David Gill
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