Chicago-area Republican and Democratic congressional candidates are stockpiling cash as they gear up for March primary elections that are expected to be costly and contentious, new campaign finance reports show.
One of the most-anticipated GOP matchups pits tea party favorite U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh of McHenry against Rep. Randy Hultgren of Winfield in the newly-drawn 14th Congressional District.
Walsh raised $156,100 from July through September but spent $162,936. Still, Walsh reported $466,058 in cash left over to launch his re-election bid while Hultgren had $275,810 available. Hultgren’s reported receipts of $186,945 in the three-month period, while spending $155,916.
Walsh has raised almost $800,000 for the year, the reports show, while Hultgren has raised almost $640,000.
In the newly-drawn northwest suburban 8th Congressional District, Raja Krishnamoorthi, a former state deputy treasurer, holds a money lead over Tammy Duckworth, a former assistant secretary in the U.S. Veteran’s Administration.
Duckworth, who is backed by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and David Axelrod, top political strategist for President Barack Obama, reported raising $478,354 since getting into the race July 6 and had $365,338 in cash to open October.
But Krishnamoorthi, who has been running since May 23, reported having $635,997 in cash on hand after reporting receipts of $313,536 from July through September.
Duckworth, a disabled military veteran, lost a high-profile 2006 congressional race against U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton. Krishnamoorthi lost a bid last year for the Democratic nomination for state comptroller. Both are from Hoffman Estates.
In another Democratic primary contest taking shape, veteran U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Chicago is being challenged by former one-term U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson of Crete. Jackson, the 2nd District incumbent, saw his district drawn further south to make up for population losses while trying to retain an African-American majority. The new district includes some of Halvorson’s old 11th District.
Jackson’s disclosure reports show he ended September with $259,215 after raising $85,725 in the previous three months. Halvorson, who formally announced her candidacy early this month, reported $210,312 on hand from her previous campaign fund.
The Republican who defeated Halvorson last fall, freshman U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Manteno, has opted to run in the newly drawn 16th Congressional District, against veteran GOP U.S. Rep. Donald Manzullo of Egan. The new 16th runs from the Wisconsin border south and east to the Indiana state line.
Kinzinger reported receipts of $212,258 from July through September and had $567,012 left. Manzullo, who was elected in 1992, reported receipts of $320,392 in the past three months and reported $483,994 left for his re-election effort.