May 9, 2021

LIVE RESULTS: First-term Rep. Sean Casten looks to defend his House seat against Republican Jeanne Ives in Illinois 6th Congressional District

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First-term Rep. Sean Casten is looking to defend his freshly-won House seat against Republican Jeanne Ives in Illinois’ 6th Congressional District. 

The candidates

Before going into politics, Casten primarily worked with companies associated with clean energy. He served as the president and CEO of Turbosteam Corporation, a company that works to lower greenhouse gas emissions by generating power from wasted electricity. He is also the founder and former CEO of Recycled Energy Development, which attempted to find a profitable solution to wasted heat capture technologies.

In 2018, Casten defeated six-term incumbent Rep. Peter Roskam to represent Illinois’ 6th Congressional District, one of the many Democrats who flipped suburban House seats back into Democratic hands that year. In Congress, Casten serves on the powerful House Financial Services Committee, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. 

Ives, Casten’s challenger, is a veteran of the US Army and former three-term member of the Illinois House of Representatives. 

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The district

Illinois’ 6th Congressional District is located in northeastern Illinois and includes portions of Lake, McHenry, Cook, DuPage, and Kane counties. The district is home to parts of West Chicago and some of Chicago’s western suburbs. Casten is the first Democrat to represent the district since 1973.

The district is one of a dozen nationwide that flipped from backing Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012 to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016. After backing Romney by over eight points in 2012, the district voted for Clinton over now-President Donald Trump in a 50-43% split.

The money race

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Casten has raised $5.2 million, spent $4 million, and has around $1.3 million in cash on hand while Ives has raised $2.9 million, spent around $2.7 million, and has $227,000 in cash on hand. 

What some of the experts say

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

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