Remap places anti-Trump GOP representative Adam Kinzinger in Democratic-leaning district
With his home district radically reshaped into the congressional map that Democratic state lawmakers drew for Illinois, the political future of veteran US Republican Adam Kinzinger is far from certain.
Kinzinger – a six-term Channahon lawmaker who infuriated supporters of former President Donald Trump – has previously said he intends to seek re-election to the House. But he didn’t seem confident about it on Friday.
“After the release of the new congressional maps for Illinois, my team and I will be spending time reviewing them and considering all options, including those outside the House,” said Kinzinger, who didn’t did not rule out running for a statewide job.
The present 16th district stretches from the northwestern suburbs and the Rockford area to Ford County.
If the map unveiled on Friday passes, Kinzinger would find his hometown in a new 3rd arrondissement that would also include LaGrange, the hometown of the current 3rd arrondissement representative, first-term Democrat Marie Newman.
The proposed dividing lines would include much of the southwestern and far southwestern suburbs, giving Newman or any other Democratic candidate an advantage in a general election.
And because many voters Kinzinger has helped or built relationships with don’t live in the proposed 3rd district, he should work very hard to motivate swing voters in the new district to support him, said Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of science. policies at the University of Illinois Springfield.
Of course, winning a Republican primary isn’t a certainty for Kinzinger in 2022, despite his tenure, a Tory voting record, and a multi-million dollar campaign war chest.
That’s because many die-hard Republicans are furious with him for voting to impeach Trump after the deadly Jan.6 assault on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters. Kinzinger also angered the GOP base by criticizing Trump and others for falsely claiming that President Joe Biden stole the 2020 presidential election.
“It’s hard for (Kinzinger) to match the intensity (…) of people who are upset that Democrats stole the election from Trump,” Redfield said.
So for all of these reasons Kinzinger will have to overcome “significant hurdles” if he runs in the 3rd, Redfield said.