-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.
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 BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, 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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