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Leslie Coolidge Faces Tough Climb Against Peter Roskam

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Rep. Peter Roskam (R) faces a new Democratic challenger, but redistricting has made his Illinois district more favorable for the GOP.

Accountant Leslie Coolidge (D-Ill.) announced an uphill effort to unseat Rep. Peter Roskam (R), the Chief Deputy Majority Whip. 

“As I watched the brinksmanship this summer as Congress actually considered letting our country go into financial default, I knew I could no longer sit on the sidelines,” Coolidge said in a statement announcing her candidacy Wednesday.

Roskam’s current district is considered potentially competitive, but after redistricting, the seat he is seeking re-election in next year is much more favorable to Republicans. Democrats shored up Roskam’s district in redistricting in order to create more Democratic opportunities in nearby districts.

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