Ill. GOP Candidates Go After Each Other for 2012 Primaries

-By Warner Todd Huston

Illinois is dominated by some of the most extremely left-wing Democrats in the nation. They have driven the state to near insolvency and presided over the downfall of the state. One might think that this is the perfect time for Illinois Republicans to get united, back single candidates and present themselves as the adults in the room. Instead multiple GOP candidates are battling for districts — such as those in the South Central 50th Senate District which stretches from the west side of Springfield downward toward St. Louis.

The 50th District has no less than three announced Republican candidates. State Senator Sam McCann — currently of the 49th District — is redistricted into the new 50th District and will run to maintain his seat in the upper chamber.

But facing him is Gray Noll of Sangamon County. Noll has recently received the endorsement of the Sangamon GOP.

A third candidate for the new 50th seat is also stirring. Springfield Alderman Steve Dove has also begun fundraising for a run for the State Senate seat.

No less than three candidates for the same seat. The 50th District covers pats of Pike, Calhoun, Sangamon, Morgan, Scott, Greene, Jersey, Madison, and Macoupin Counties.

Then there is the race for the 24th District Senate seat. Sitting Senator Kirk Dillard is running to retain his seat, of course, but he faces an insurgent candidacy inbState Rep. Chris Nybo.

Races for the General Assembly aren’t the only seats facing multiple GOP candidates, of course. There is also the 14th Congressional District that is seeing sitting 14th District Congressman Randy Hultgren pitted against Joe Walsh — Walsh is the sitting 8th District Congressman, but has been districted out as far as he is concerned.

It’s all very messy, is it not?
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,, and, as well as,,,,, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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About Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's, and all Breitbart News' other sites,,, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.
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