Joe Walsh – 8th Congressional District
Joel Pollak – 9th Congressional District
Teri Davis Newman – 12th Congressional District
Randy Hultgren – 14th Congressional District
We were disappointed in the outcome of the three congressional races where our candidates did not win, but not disappointed with the candidates. Rosanna Pulido in the 5th District lost to the politically connected David Ratowitz by less than 1,000 votes; Michael Firsching in the 19th District lost to the entrenched incumbent, John Shimkus; and David McAloon in the 11th District lost to a formidable opponent that is a little more moderate than we might wish but one we can live with. All in all the Congressional races were a slight plus for conservatives.
Adam Andrzejewski’s loss for Governor was a disappointment; however, Bill Brady is a conservative we can support if he is declared the winner. The last numbers I have seen had him with a 503-vote lead over Kirk Dillard.
The big upset was in the Senate race. Mark Kirk, the most liberal Republican candidate in Illinois, won with an astounding vote total of over 415,000 votes compared to only 320,000 for all his opponents combined. This says a lot about the Republican machine in Illinois that treated him as an incumbent because he was the sitting Congressman from the 10th District. It does not bode well for Illinois or the Nation, however.
We still believe that Don Lowery was the best candidate for both the state and the country at large. His candidacy was strictly a “grassroots” campaign with little or no recognition from the media or the Party. Illinois runs its primary in the middle of winter to protect incumbents and hamper grassroots efforts, and it worked. I predict we have not heard the last from “The Judge”.
Illinois Conservative Action Network
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