If you thought you saw more congressional political ads than normal in March, you were probably right.


Candidates in the Northern Illinois 10th Congressional District and the downstate 15th District have spent more than $8 million in the primaries alone. The Washington, D.C.,-based Sunlight Foundation ranks them third and fourth in the country for spending.


National Journal political reporter Kimberly Railey says the 10th District rematch race between incumbent Republican Robert Dold and Ex-Congressman Brad Schneider will get even more pricey this November.


“In the fall, it’s definitely going to be a race where a ton of money gets poured in from both party committees, being the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.” Railey said.


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She says the reason for all the interest in the 15th is that there is no clear advantage for either party.


“It’s one of the “swingiest” districts in the nation,” she says. “Voters in that district voted (to elect) President Barack Obama and Republican Bob Dold in the same year.”


The downstate 15th Congressional District, held by incumbent Republican John Shimkus, will likely not see much more campaign spending. Democrats do not have a challenger.


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