DU QUOIN, Ill. — With more than 19 years under his belt as an Illinois legislator, state Rep. Mike Bost has seen it all on the campaign trail.
At a mid-August campaign stop, the Republican taking on Democratic Rep. Bill Enyart, one of the most vulnerable members of Congress , dished on door-knocking memories as he sipped a beer at the St. Nicholas Brewing Company. It's a new craft beer joint here in a farming town of some 6,000 people, connected to Chicago and Carbondale via Amtrak's Saluki train, and in the heart of the swingy 12th District. Bost leaned over to an aide, smirking. "I'm going to tell her about walking precincts with my wife in Belleville," he said, before relaying the tale of finding a pool of blood in a driveway and missing a fatal stabbing by just hours.