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GOP Generational Fight Plays Out in Illinois House Race

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The primary battle between Illinois Reps. Adam Kinzinger (above) and Don Manzullo boils down to a proxy battle between the past and the future of the Republican Party.

“What can Don Manzullo accomplish in the next two years that he couldn’t accomplish in the last 20?” Kinzinger asks in the spot.

An announcer then says Manzullo is “part of the old majority that lost its way on spending,” before calling him the “king of earmarks.”

Manzullo’s ads have sought to portray him as the “true conservative” in the race. One of his recent spots hits Kinzinger for spending “millions on [Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi’s pet earmark” and an announcer charges that the freshman’s “record isn’t much different than the Democrat he replaced.”

Kinzinger outspent Manzullo $580,000 to $452,000 in the pre-primary period from Jan. 1 to Feb. 29. Both lawmakers had roughly the same amount of cash for the last leg of the race: Manzullo had $334,000 to Kinzinger’s $315,000.

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