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Illinois 11th District - Kinzinger vs. Halvorson


Debbie Halvorson

Debbie Halvorson (D)*

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Adam Kinzinger

Adam Kinzinger (R)

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IL-11 Snapshot

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2010 State Races:
Governor | Senate | IL-8 | IL-10 | IL-14 | IL-17

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President | IL-10 | IL-11
2006: Governor | IL-6 | IL-8
2004: President | Senate

Polling Data

PollDateSampleHalvorson (D)Kinzinger (R)Spread
Final Results----42.757.3Kinzinger +14.6
WeAskAmerica10/31 - 10/31829 LV4555Kinzinger +10
The Hill/Penn, Schoen & Berland (D)9/28 - 9/30401 LV3149Kinzinger +18
WeAskAmerica8/4 - 8/41015 RV3252Kinzinger +20

Previous Election Results

  2008: Halvorson (D) 58%, Ozinga (R) 35%   2008: Obama (D) 53%, McCain (R) 45%
  2006: Weller (R) 55%, Pavich (D) 45%   2004: Bush (R) 53%, Kerry (D) 46%
  2004: Wller (R) 59%, Renner (D) 41%   2000: Bush (R) 50%, Gore (D) 48%

Race Analysis

10/6/10 -- We're 27 days away from Election Day, and Debbie Halvorson finds herself 20 points down in two different polls.  It would be a comeback of historic proportions if she managed to win.

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The 11th Congressional District is an irregularly-shaped slice of downstate Illinois and exurban Chicago, cutting across the state from Indiana almost to Iowa, with a salient extending down into Bloomington. It is marginal political territory, casting its votes for Barack Obama and George W. Bush at almost exactly their national average.

The Representative from the 11th is former state Senate Majority Leader Debbie Halvorson.  Halvorson won a landslide 58-34 win in 2008 after Representative Jerry Weller decided to retire in the face of scandal. Halvorson has supported most of the Obama administration’s major initiatives, including the stimulus, cap-and-trade and the health care bill.

Halvorson will face off against ex-McLean County (Bloomington) Commissioner Adam Kinzinger, who has managed to raise about half of what the incumbent has raised. There has been a fair amount of polling in the district, none of which is good for Halvorson. We Ask America showed her trailing Kinzinger 42-30, while the Republican polling outfit Public Opinion Strategies shows her trailing at 44-38.  These are obviously rough numbers for an incumbent.