One day after Illinois Democrats picked their House race nominees, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) anointed five winners to the Red to Blue program.
On Wednesday, Israel named the following five candidates to the benchmark program: Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth in the 8th district, businessman Brad Schneider in the 10th district, former Rep. Bill Foster in the 11th district, former St. Clair County Regional Superintendent of Schools Brad Harriman in the 12th district and former East Moline Alderwoman Cheri Bustos in the 17th district.
Notably absent from Israel's list is the nominee in the 13th, a competitive district where Rep. Timothy Johnson (R) is running. National Democrats recruited Greene County State’s Attorney Matt Goetten to run there, but he trailed his lesser-known opponent, emergency room doctor David Gill, by a couple hundred votes today.
Israel told reporters that votes were still being counted in the 13th district, and he'd make an assessment after there's a winner, according to an aide. The Associated Press has not called the race for either candidate yet.
Democrats overhauled the Congressional map last year during redistricting, creating a handful of competitive or favorable seats for the party. In a press release, the DCCC boasted there are six Democratic districts currently held by GOP Members, which makes the Land of Lincoln a target-rich environment for the party.
“The road to the majority goes through Illinois," Israel said in a statement about the five new Red to Blue program members. “Representatives Allyson Schwartz, Jared Polis and Donna Edwards know what it takes to win and will provide top notch leadership to our candidates.”