Romney adds to delegate totals, Kinzinger Beats Manzullo
Of course, the presidential primary wasn’t the only watched race in Illinois last night, and Eric Cantor’s endorsement of Adam Kinzinger appears to have paid off.
Chicago – Freshman U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger has won the Illinois primary race for Illinois’ newly redrawn 16th congressional district.
Don Manzullo, 67, has served 10 terms in Congress since winning his seat in 1992. Tuesday’s primary dealt Manzullo his first Republican challenge since taking office.
Kinzinger, 34, is a freshman U.S. representative from Manteno. The former Air Force pilot was elected in 2010 with strong tea party support, including an endorsement former Gov. Sarah Palin. Age and experience played a key role in this primary election, according to the Chicago Tribune.
His district was split due to redistricting. The Democrats in charge of the re-map folded Kinzinger’s district into Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s 2nd District. The new 16th District curves through north-central Illinois from the Wisconsin state line to the Indiana border.