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Conservative Ranking

Illinois is the 7th least conservative state, voting 12.8% less Republican in the 2004 presidential elections than the national average.

Partisan Trend

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

GOP Trend Ranking

Illinois ranks 37th among the 50 states.
Presidential Race

Race for the White House

GOP Candidates
  • John McCain - U. S. Senator from Arizona  
  • Mike Huckabee - Former Governor of Arkansas
  • Ron Paul - U. S. Congressman from Texas (CD-14)
  • Mitt Romney - Former Governor of Massachusetts
  • Rudy Giuliani - Former Mayor of New York City
  • Fred Thompson - Former U. S. Senator from Tennessee
  • Duncan Hunter - U. S. Congressman from California (CD-52)

    DEM Candidates

  • Barack Obama - U. S. Senator from Illinois  
  • Hillary Clinton - U. S. Senator from New York
  • Mike Gravel - Former U. S. Senator from Alaska
  • John Edwards - Former U. S. Senator from North Carolina
  • Bill Richardson - Governor of New Mexico
  • Dennis Kucinich - U. S. Congressman from Ohio (CD-10)

    Party nominee -


    Senate Race
    Incumbent:  Democratic incumbent Richard Durbin is running for a 3rd term in 2008.  He faces no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Steven Sauerberg - Physician  

    DEM Candidates

  • Richard Durbin - Incumbent  

    Party nominee -

    Governor's Race
    No race in 2008
    Competitive House Races
    District 10
    Incumbent:  Republican Mark Steven Kirk seeks a 5th term in 2008.  He faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Mark Steven Kirk - Incumbent  

    DEM Candidates

  • Daniel Seals - Former Nominee  

    Party nominee -


    District 11
    OPEN SEAT:  GOP incumbent Jerry Weller is retiring at the end of his 7th term.  He is not seeking re-election in 2008.

    GOP Candidates

  • Marty Ozinga, III  

    DEM Candidates

  • Debbie Halvorson - Illinois State Senator  

    Party nominee -


    District 14
    Interim Incumbent:  Democrat Bill Foster is seeking a full term in November after winning a special election earlier this year.  He faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Jim Oberweis - Former Senate and Gubernatorial Candidate  

    DEM Candidates

  • Bill Foster - Interim Incumbent  

    Party nominee -

    Other House Races
    Projected winner listed first
  • District 1:  Bobby Rush (D)-inc vs. Antoine Members (R)
  • District 2:  Jesse Jackson Jr. (D)-inc vs. Anthony Williams (R)
  • District 3:  Daniel Lipinski (D)-inc vs. Michael Hawkins (R)
  • District 4:  Luis Gutierrez (D)-inc vs. Daniel Cunningham (R)
  • District 5:  Rahm Emanuel (D)-inc vs. Tom Hanson (R)
  • District 6:  Peter Roskam (R)-inc vs. Jill Morgenthaler (D)
  • District 7:  Danny Davis (D)-inc vs. Steve Miller (R)
  • District 8:  Melissa Bean (D)-inc vs. Steve Greenberg (R) - possibly competitive
  • District 9:  Jan Schakowsky (D)-inc vs. Michael Younan (R)
  • District 12:  Jerry Costello (D)-inc vs. Tim Richardson, Jr. (R)
  • District 13:  Judy Biggert (R)-inc vs. Scott Harper (D)
  • District 15:  Tim Johnson (R)-inc vs. Steve Cox (D)
  • District 16:  Donald Manzullo (R)-inc vs. Robert Abboud (D)
  • District 17:  Philip Hare (D)-inc  (unopposed)
  • District 18:  OPEN:  A. Schock (R) vs. C. Callahan (D) - possibly competitive
  • District 19:  John Shimkus (R)-inc vs. Daniel Davis (D)
    Additional Information

    Election Timeline

  • February 5, 2008 - Presidential primary
  • February 5, 2008 - Primary elections
  • March 8, 2008 - Special election, CD 14
  • November 4, 2008 - Election day
  • Current Partisan Breakdown

    National Delegation
      Senators 2 DEM
      Representatives 8 GOP, 11 DEM
    State Government
      Governor DEM
      Lt. Governor - tied to Governor DEM
      State Senate - DEM control 22 GOP, 37 DEM
      State House - DEM control 51 GOP, 67 DEM

    Current Office Holders

  • Governor:  Rod Blagojevich (D) - 2nd term, up for election in 2010
  • Lt. Governor:  Pat Quinn (D) - 2nd term, tied to Governor
  • Senior Senator:  Richard Durbin (D) - 2nd term, up for re-election in 2008
  • Junior Senator:  Barack Obama (D) - 1st term, running for President in 2008
  • House District 1:  Bobby Rush (D) - 8th term
  • House District 2:  Jesse Jackson Jr. (D) - 7th term
  • House District 3:  Daniel Lipinski (D) - 2nd term
  • House District 4:  Luis Gutierrez (D) - 8th term
  • House District 5:  Rahm Emanuel (D) - 3rd term
  • House District 6:  Peter Roskam (R) - 1st term
  • House District 7:  Danny Davis (D) - 6th term
  • House District 8:  Melissa Bean (D) - 2nd term
  • House District 9:  Jan Schakowsky (D) - 5th term
  • House District 10:  Mark Steven Kirk (R) - 4th term
  • House District 11:  Jerry Weller (R) - 7th term (retiring)
  • House District 12:  Jerry Costello (D) - 11th term
  • House District 13:  Judy Biggert (R) - 5th term
  • House District 14:  Bill Foster (D) - 1st term (partial)
  • House District 15:  Tim Johnson (R) - 4th term
  • House District 16:  Donald Manzullo (R) - 8th term
  • House District 17:  Phil Hare (D) - 1st term
  • House District 18:  Ray Lahood (R) - 7th term (retiring)
  • House District 19:  John Shimkus (R) - 6th term

    Historical Partisan Snapshot

      Race 2000 Result 2002 Result 2004 Result 2006 Result

    President Strong DEM -- Strong DEM --

    Class 2 -- Solid DEM -- --
    Class 3 -- -- Solid DEM --

    Governor -- Mod DEM -- Strong DEM

    House 9 GOP - 11 DEM 10 GOP - 9 DEM 9 GOP - 10 DEM 9 GOP - 10 DEM
    CD-1 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-2 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-3 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-4 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-5 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-6 Solid GOP Solid GOP Strong GOP Weak GOP
    CD-7 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-8 Solid DEM Strong GOP Weak DEM Mod DEM
    CD-9 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-10 Weak GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Mod GOP
    CD-11 Mod GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Strong GOP
    CD-12 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-13 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-14 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-15 Mod GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-16 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-17 Strong DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Strong DEM
    CD-18 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-19 Solid DEM Strong GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-20 Solid GOP NA NA NA

    BOLD - party turnover
    Party changes not bolded resulted from redistricting before the 2002 election.
    Race ratings:
  • "Weak" - less than 5%
  • "Mod" - 5% to less than 10%
  • "Strong" - 10% to 15%
  • "Solid" - greater than 15%

    Illinois Race Tracking
    John McCain
    Barack Obama
    Projected Winner
    Richard Durbin - inc
    Steven Sauerberg
    Projected Winner
    No race
    House District 10
    Mark Steven Kirk - inc
    Daniel Seals
    Projected Winner
    House District 11 (open)
    Marty Ozinga
    Debbie Halvorson
    Projected Winner
    House District 14
    Bill Foster - inc
    Jim Oberweis
    Projected Winner


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