ILLINOIS’S 12TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

November 3, 2018 by TWN Staff

Incumbent: Mike Bost (R)

Challenger: Brendan Kelly (D)

Current polling: Mike Bost (R) 48, Brendan Kelly (D) 39 (NYT/Siena, 10/30)

Why this race matters: A former U.S. Navy officer and State’s Attorney, Kelly is known for filing suit against major pharmaceutical manufacturers for maximizing profits while deceiving patients about the dangers of certain prescribed opioids. Kelly has make the opioid issue a cornerstone of his campaign, and the issue seems to be resonating with voters. Kelly recently welcomed former Vice President Joe Biden out on the campaign trail, and despite public polling numbers, Democratic insiders continue to be upbeat about this race.

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