WASHINGTON — Chicago-area Democrats — all incumbents — running for Congress in several potential-swing districts are well ahead of the Republican competition, suggesting the new Federal Election Commission shown in the report.
House districts, primarily based in Chicago, are so strongly Democratic that incumbents and Democratic candidates rarely face viable Republican opposition.
Illinois has 17 congressional districts, and Democrats are drawing new boundaries in Springfield.
The largest local elections, to varying degrees, will be held in districts with more Republican voters under the new map.
All of these districts are in the Chicago suburbs, and the incumbent Democrats in those districts — Sean Casten, Raja Krishnamoorty, Brad Schneider, Bill Foster, and Lauren Underwood — all used the new map. I have a constituency where I have never run for office. Previous.
Suburban Congressional Democrats have the money to appear on TV
With a new constituency with huge campaign-financing advantages and unaware voters, Casten, Krishnamoorthi, Schneider, Foster, and Underwood are running TV ads in the expensive Chicago broadcast market.
The new FEC report includes income and expenses through Sept. 30, including spending for candidates facing the June 28 primary. Early voting for the November 8 election has already begun.
Here are the latest:
3rd district – Ramirez vs Blau:
Rep. Delia Ramirez of Chicago is running against Winfield’s Republican Justin Blau for a free seat that looks safe for Democrats at this point.
Procurement — $883,714
Used — $747,174
September 30 Cash on hand — $136,539
Procurement — $26,803
Used — $24,299
September 30th, cash on hand — $2,504
District 6 — Kasten vs Pekau:
Downers Grove Rep. Sean Casten (D-Illinois) faces off against Republican Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau. The Democrats designed the new 6th District as a Democratic district, but it contains a Republican turf. Both Casten and Pekau faced major opponents, so funding had to cover major and general campaigns.
Procurement — $4,727,828
Used — $4,283,792
September 30th cash on hand — $790,173
Procurement — $1,096,024
Used — $893,807
September 30 Cash on hand — $202,216
District 8 — Krishnamooti vs. Dargis:
Rep. Raja Krishnamoorty (D-Illinois) of Schaumburg is once again the champion fundraiser for the delegation and one of the largest House Democrats in the nation. Sources say Krishnamoorty is partly building a huge war chest to put himself in a strong position should the Senate seat open.
Procurement — $7,938,427
Used — $4,732,880
September 30 Cash on hand — $11,633,394
Primary and General Raise — $494,859
Primary and General Expenses — $367,283
September 30th cash on hand — $127,575
District 10 — Schneider vs. Severino:
Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Illinois) of Highland Park has more Republicans in his newly drawn constituency. He faces Republican Joseph Severino of Lake Forest, who has not amassed enough resources to launch much of his campaign. Neither man faced a major opponent.
Procurement — $3,377,052
Used — $3,706,455
September 30 Cash on Hand — $1,544,359
Procurement — $12,675
Used — $7,787
September 30th cash on hand — $4,794
11th district – Foster vs Rauch:
Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.) of Naperville is facing off against Republican Catalina Rauch of Woodstock, who has a bit more national profile — she spoke at the 2020 Republican convention. She has also run for Congress before. All that helped her become the strongest Republican fundraiser in the Chicago area. She entered the final week of the election with a small war chest compared to her cash reserves.
Procurement — $3,295,276
Used — $2,867,086
September 30 Cash on hand — $4,164,390
Procurement — $2,185,453
Used — $1,998,103
September 30th cash on hand — $187,350
14 wards – Underwood vs Glider:
The Democrats significantly redesigned districts for Rep. Lauren Underwood of the Illinois Democratic Party to increase Democratic voters. That’s because the Naperville resident just barely won his 2020. Suburban Democrats. She will face Oswego’s Scott Glider.
Under the tree:
Procurement — $6,223,009
Used — $3,835,365
September 30 Cash on hand — $2,925,541
Procurement — $504,130
Used — $304,658
Cash as of September 30 — $199,472
2 downstate seats available
Contested congressional districts in Illinois lie outside the Chicago area. Funds from external groups (referred to as independent spending because the spending is not controlled by the campaign) are also being poured into these downstate contests.
in the District 13 — Free seats — Springfield Democrat Nikki Buzynski faces off against Decatur Republican Regan Deering.
Procurement — $3,242,409
Used — $2,105,752
September 30th cash on hand — $1,036,656
Procurement — $1,856,618
Used — $1,314,248
September 30 Cash on hand — $542,369
in the District 17 — Another vacant seat — Republican Esther Joy King of East Moline is running against Democrat Eric Sorenson of Moline.
Procurement — $2,102,189
Used — $1,807,792
September 30 Cash on Hand — $294,396
Procurement — $4,469,476
Used — $3,081,803
September 30th cash on hand — $1,389,964
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2022/10/17/23409798/chicago-area-congressional-democratic-candidates-lead-in-fundraising-new-fec-reports-show Chicago-Area Democratic Congressional Candidate Leads in Funding, New FEC Report Shows