- First-term Rep. Lauren Underwood will face Republican Jim Oberweis in Illinois’ 14th congressional district.
- The district is one of 30 in the country which voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 but is currently represented by a Democrat.
- Underwood, a registered nurse who worked on healthcare policy under the Obama administration, is the youngest Black woman to serve in Congress.
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First-term Rep. Lauren Underwood looks to defend her seat against Republican Jim Oberweis in Illinois’ 14th congressional district.
Underwood, a registered nurse, was a policy coordinator and senior advisor for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She defeated four-term incumbent Randy Hultgren in 2018 to become the youngest Black woman to serve in Congress. Underwood was endorsed by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden prior to the 2018 election.
Oberweis, chairman of Oberweis Dairy, currently represents the 25th district in the state’s House of Representatives. He previously attempted to run against President Barack Obama for a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2004, but lost in the Republican primary.
Illinois’ 14th congressional district is located in the northeastern region of the state, containing some of the Chicago suburbs and exurbs. The district is home to the north and western areas of Chicago and parts of Will, Kendall, Dupage, Kane, Lake, and McHenry counties.
The district is one of 30 congressional districts in the United States which voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 but is currently represented by a Democrat. Trump carried the 14th district by four percentage points in 2016, according to the Daily Kos.
The money race
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Underwood has raised $4.8 million compared to Oberweis’ $1.4 million. Underwood has $3.1 million in cash on hand – over eight times as much as her opponent with $374,000.
What experts say
The race between Underwood and Oberweis is rated as "safe Democratic" by Inside Elections, "likely Democratic" by The Cook Political Report, and "leans Democratic" according to Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
via Business Insider
August 29, 2020 at 08:19AM