U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says he isn’t worried about a couple of congressional races where Democrats aren’t faring well. In the 13th Congressional District, Dr. David Gill is the Democrat against Republican Rodney Davis. Davis was chosen to replace U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson (R-Urbana), who won the Republican primary in March but has decided to retire.
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David Goetten, the Greene County state’s attorney, had been backed by Durbin, but lost the primary. Durbin says he’s confident Gill will come up a winner. “I live in that district and I can tell you there is a battle royal going on between Gill and Davis in that district and I think Gill can win that district,” Durbin said.
Durbin is also not concerned with the race in the 12th Congressional District between Maj. Gen. William Enyart, the former adjutant general of the Illinois National Guard, the Democrat, vs. Republican Jason Plummer. Plummer was a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2010. “We found an extraordinary candidate,” Durbin says of Enyart. He says at this point, even though he is low in name recognition, he is closing the gap on Plummer.
Enyart was tapped for the race by Democratic county chairmen after Democratic primary winner Brad Harriman dropped of the race due to health concerns. U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Belleville) decided not to seek re-election and is finishing out the remainder of his term. As for his own political career, Durbin says he’ll wait until next year before making a decision on seeking another term in the Senate.