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Pelosi Endorses Krishnamoorthi for Duckworth’s Seat

Pelosi called Krishnamoorthi a "true progressive" in endorsing him. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Tuesday said she’d like to see Raja Krishnamoorthi replace Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth — who is running for Senate — in Illinois’ 8th District.  

"I strongly endorse Raja Krishnamoorthi because he is a true progressive and the best candidate to represent working families in Chicago's Northwest suburbs,” Pelosi said in a statement in which she also praised the lawyer and mechanical engineer’s work ethic and professional experience. “These qualities will enable him to pursue our common goal of fighting for progressive causes and strengthening and growing our middle class."  

Illinois Congressional Candidate Scores Axelrod Endorsement

Axelrod announced his support for Krishnamoorthi, who he has known since Obama's Senate campaign. (JM Rieger/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Illinois congressional candidate Raja Krishnamoorthi announced Wednesday he's got the endorsement of David Axelrod, a Chicago political power-player who served as a senior adviser to President Barack Obama during much of his political career.  

The 8th District seat is rated Safe Democrat  by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report /Roll Call, and ties to Obama there could not hurt. The president, who calls Chicagoland home, won the district easily in both 2008 and 2012.  

Another Democrat Gets in Race to Replace Duckworth (Updated)

There are three Democrats running to succeed Duckworth. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 12:52 p.m. | After one Democrat abruptly bowed out of the race to succeed Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth late last month, the Democratic field in the 8th District got a little more crowded Tuesday with the entrance of Villa Park Mayor Deb Bullwinkel.

“For the last several years, the people of our communities have been lucky enough to have one of the hardest working common sense voices in Washington,” Bullwinkel said in a release Tuesday morning, referring to Duckworth,  who's challenging  Sen. Mark S. Kirk.

Illinois Democrat Abruptly Drops Congressional Bid

Cullerton dropped his bid only a week after he visited Washington, D.C. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call)

Only a week after a visit to Washington for his first time as a candidate in Illinois’ open 8th District, state Sen. Tom Cullerton said he has changed his mind and decided to drop his bid.  

In a statement released early Thursday morning, the Democrat from DuPage County said he would instead run for re-election to the state Senate.  

Democrat Announces Bid to Succeed Tammy Duckworth (Updated)

Duckworth is running for Senate, opening the 8th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Update 12:44 p.m. | Raja Krishnamoorthi, the former Illinois deputy treasurer, announced Tuesday he will run for Congress in Illinois' 8th District — an open-seat race thanks to Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth's Senate bid .  

“Tammy has been an excellent Representative for this district,” Krishnamoorthi said in a release.  “I want to continue Tammy’s advocacy for working families, with a focus on helping more people to succeed in the new economy."  

Tammy Duckworth Announces Illinois Senate Bid (Updated)

Duckworth announced her run for Senate on Monday. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:52 a.m. | Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth announced Monday she will run for Senate, giving Democrats a top-tier candidate in a must-win seat in 2016.  

"I'm running for the United States Senate in 2016 because it's time for Washington to be held accountable, and to put Illinois families and communities first," Duckworth said in a video announcing her candidacy.  

Democrats Maneuver for Illinois House Seat

Duckworth is mulling a Senate bid in Illinois. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Tammy Duckworth has not officially announced her 2016 intentions, but the behind-the-scenes jockeying to replace the two-term congresswoman in her suburban Chicago House district should she run for Senate has already begun in earnest.  

Three Democrats are actively making calls to build support and gauge interest in their candidacies in the 8th District, according to Democratic operatives in the state. It's a surefire sign Duckworth is moving toward a challenge to Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk.  

Illinois: At Least Three GOP Incumbents Go Down

At least three GOP House incumbents lost their seats in Illinois tonight, according to Associated Press projections.

Here is a roundup of the competitive Illinois House seats as of late tonight:

Joe Walsh Struggles With Crossover Appeal in Chicago Suburbs

Rep. Joe Walsh speaks to supporters in front of his Addison Township campaign headquarters in Elmhurst, Ill., on Saturday morning. (Shira Toeplitz/CQ Roll Call)

PALATINE, Ill. — Freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R) and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth (D) have polar opposite personalities and politics. But they have one unusual similarity in this House race: They are both battling their national profiles to win this northwestern suburban Chicago House seat.

An unlikely victor last cycle, Walsh embodies the feisty tea party spirit of 2010 but made headlines on cable news for his rookie gaffes. Duckworth, a double amputee, is a Democratic darling who missed an opportunity to win a 2006 Congressional race at the height of the country’s anti-war frustration.

Illinois: Democrats' Redistricting Crown Jewel Not as Royal as Expected

Rep. Jan Schakowsky campaigns with Democratic House hopefuls Tammy Duckworth and Brad Schneider at Harmony Park in Arlington Heights, Ill. (Shira Toeplitz/CQ Roll Call)

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — Democratic hopes of winning the House majority have been quashed, but in this northern Chicago suburb’s crowded village hall on a Saturday morning, one can see the glimmer of what might have been.

At this single location, early voters wait an hour to cast ballots in one of three redrawn Congressional districts. The hall serves as a symbol of the extent to which Democrats redrew the lines of the state’s map to their advantage.