Democratic Redistricting in Illinois Could Cost Adam Kinzinger His Seat
Democrats are currently in control of the House of Representatives. That hold, though is tenuous. Republican controlled states will soon redraw their lines to eliminate Liberal strengths.
To counteract those changes, Democratic controlled states will also be redrawing those lines. Illinois is a largely blue state where Republicans have a hard time winning. Adam Kinzinger, a moderate Republican, could soon have a very big fight on his hands.
According to Politico, “Illinois lawmakers are on the verge of rolling out a new congressional map that will very likely gut Kinzinger’s exurban Chicago seat, according to several sources close to the redistricting process.”
Danny Davis a Democratic Rep. from Illinois, notes, “Given the configuration and where the population trended, and the way it’s trending, if I had to take a bet, I bet that we lose a Republican district.”
If that does happen, Kinzinger would either have to run for another congressional seat or possibly for higher office. The Republican doesn’t seem overly worried about the possibility. He recently told reporters, “If I lose my district, we’ll take a look then. But I’m not too freaked out.”
NEW: Rep Adam Kinzinger is in big redistricting danger. IL Dems are likely gutting his seat in a new map
His options are tough: challenge another member in new turf? Run for the open Bustos seat? For Senate/gov?
& that’s assuming he can win a GOP primary https://t.co/Jcl5hKC4Jx
— Ally Mutnick (@allymutnick) August 25, 2021
Kinzinger, of course, has been one of the more principled GOP lawmakers in the age of Trump. And he has crossed party lines to vote for both a 1/6 commission and to impeach Donald Trump. Still, Democrats would much prefer one less Republican in the House.