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2012 Republican Races
Rep. Dan Burton Retires
The Campaign for Primary Accountability released a poll showing barely one in five voters in his district supporter entrenched incumbent Republican Rep. Dan Burton. Half the Republican voters we surveyed said they’d vote against Burton – more than twice the number who said they’d support him. After CPA released its poll and began efforts encouraging voters to cast ballots in the primary, Rep. Burton chose flight over fight and announced he would retire rather than run for re-election.
Rep. Jean Schmidt vs Brad Wenstrup
Thanks to the Campaign for Primary Accountability, the 2012 Congressional primaries began on Super Tuesday with the surprise upset of Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt. CPA backed challenger Brad Wenstrup, a Cincinnati doctor and Iraq war veteran who had strong grassroots support. CPA worked to increase voter turnout in the primary and informed voters of Schmidt’s record of voting for the Wall Street bailout. The increased voter participation was crucial in Brad Wenstrup unseating Washington insider Jean Schmidt.
Rep. Don Manzullo vs Rep. Adam Kinzinger
The 2012 primary was the first time in five election cycles voters in the 16th Congressional District actually had more than one candidate on the congressional ballot. Redistricting pitted nine-term incumbent Republican Rep. Don Manzullo against freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger in a member-to-member matchup. No other congressional race in Illinois had a higher vote total than this race after CPA encouraged greater participation in the primary process. Energized voters chose freshman Kinzinger over Manzullo.