May 9, 2021

LIVE RESULTS: Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood will face Jim Oberweis in Illinois 14th Congressional District

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First-term Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood looks to defend her seat against Republican Jim Oberweis in Illinois’ 14th Congressional District.

The candidates

Underwood, a registered nurse, was a policy coordinator and senior advisor for the US Department of Health and Human Services. She defeated four-term incumbent Randy Hultgren in 2018 to become the youngest Black woman to serve in Congress. Underwood was endorsed by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden prior to the 2018 election.

Oberweis, chairman of Oberweis Dairy, currently represents the 25th District in the Illinois State Senate. He previously attempted to run against President Barack Obama for a seat in the US Senate in 2004, but lost in the Republican primary.

The district

Illinois’ 14th Congressional District is located in the northeastern region of the state, and contains some of the Chicago suburbs and exurbs. The district is home to the northern and western areas of Chicago and parts of Will, Kendall, Dupage, Kane, Lake, and McHenry counties.

The district is one of 30 congressional districts in the United States which voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 but is currently represented by a Democrat. Trump carried the 14th District by four percentage points in 2016, according to the Daily Kos. 

The money race

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Underwood has raised over $7 million, spent $5.2 million, and has $1.8 million in cash on hand while Oberweis has raised $2.5 million, spent $1.8 million, and has a little under $700,000 in cash on hand. 

What experts say

The race between Underwood and Oberweis is rated as “safe Democratic” by Inside Elections and “likely Democratic” by The Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

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