Tammy Duckworth To Run Against Mark Kirk In 2016
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran who defeated Republican Congressman Joe Walsh in 2012, will run against Republican Senator Mark Kirk in 2016:
WASHINGTON – Rep. Tammy Duckworth D-Ill., will announce a 2016 Senate bid likely on Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. She is aiming to win the Democratic nomination to run against Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill.
On Monday evening, Duckworth gathers some of her top donors at a home in the Hancock Center in Chicago to discuss securing the Democratic nomination to run against Kirk, who is seeking a second term.
In the letter to Duckworth’s best fundraisers about the Hancock event they were told, “contributions are encouraged but not required. We realize it is early in the election cycle, but we are asking our top supporters to consider a donation. The maximum an individual can give before March is $5,400. If Tammy decides to not to run for Senate, we will offer you a refund. If she does run, this support will be key in keeping up with Senator Kirk’s $2 million and counting campaign war-chest.”
Duckworth jumps in the Democratic primary as three other U.S. House Democrats from Illinois are considering a run: Rep. Bill Foster, Rep. Robin Kelly and Rep. Cheri Bustos.
Of all the Republican incumbents up for re-election in 2016, Kirk is probably the most vulnerable simply because Illinois is likely to go heavily for the Democratic nominee for President just as it has in every election since 1992 Additionally, as it was Kirk’s win in 2010, a very good year for Republicans, was by a razor thin margin. While Kirk has done much to distinguish himself from his more conservative Republican colleagues, he’s still going to be a Republican running in a very Democratic state.