A $7 million campaign war chest wasn’t enough for Republican Rep. Peter Roskam to hold off Sean Casten amid a wave of regional and national support that led to Democrats taking control of the U.S. House in last month’s election.
Democrat Lauren Underwood meanwhile outspent U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren by a 2-to-1 margin in her upset victory in the 14th Congressional District. Underwood spent more than $4.4 million over the course of the campaign, according to Federal Election Commission reports, as she flipped the traditionally GOP stronghold into one of a string of “blue wave” wins for Democrats.
Both Casten and Underwood were first-time political candidates. The pair of Democratic victories in the collar counties surrounding Chicago helped Democrats flip two Republican districts on their way to taking control of the U.S. House.
Hultgren spent $2.4 million. Despite a quiet first few months of the fall, the ousted Republican ending up spending nearly all the money he raised. He finished the post-election reporting period with only $468.51 cash-on-hand.
Yet the money totals in the 14th District paled in comparison to the race next door in the 6th Congressional District, which was the focus of national spending for months. The 6th District race, identified by both parties early in the summer as a crucial midterm swing district, drew a combined $13.4 million in campaign contributions.
Roskam of Wheaton lost to Casten despite spending $7 million on his re-election bid, records show. The clean energy businessman from Downers Grove spent nearly $6 million, according to the FEC reports. Casten ended the campaign with $148,880.80 in the bank.
Underwood, who has appeared on an array of national television talk shows and has been featured in national magazines as part of a young, diverse group of incoming Democratic congresswomen, ended the campaign with $139,350.86 cash-on-hand.
Underwood, a 32-year-old nurse from Naperville, is the youngest black woman ever elected to Congress, according to congressional records. She will be 32 years, 3 months old when she takes the oath Jan. 3 in Washington. Before Underwood, according to congressional records, U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan of Texas was the youngest black woman elected to Congress. Jordan was 36 years, 10 months, 14 days old when she was sworn in Jan. 3, 1973.
In addition to the money, the two races drew widespread attention from national political figures. Former President Barack Obama gave both Underwood and Casten a boost when he visited Chicago to stump for Illinois Democrats during the final weekend before the election. Former Vice President Joe Biden, retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio also visited the suburbs in the lead-up to Election Day.
The extensive 14th Congressional District encompasses the far northern, western and southwestern edges of the Chicago area, a blend of booming suburbs and cornfields. The 6th District is centered in the western suburbs of DuPage County and also includes portions of the northwest suburbs.
All of the candidates were required to file their final post-election campaign reports by the end of the day Thursday.
The incoming Illinois U.S. House delegation will be made up of 13 Democrats and five Republicans. All of the Republican-held districts are south of Interstate 80, with the exception of U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s, which stretches to the Wisconsin border near Rockford.
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December 7, 2018 at 06:45PM