Local Quad Cities business owner Mark Kleine (R) announced his congressional candidacy against three-term Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline). Earlier in the year Rep. Bustos had considered entering the Governor’s race, but declined to move forward with a statewide campaign. The district has become a reliable one for Ms. Bustos, averaging 56% of the vote in three elections, including defeating incumbent Rep. Bobby Schilling (R) in 2012. President Trump, however, carried the seat last November with a margin of less than one percentage point, representing a 17-point turnaround from Democrat to Republican since the 2012 presidential election. Rumors abound that Rep. Bustos could be tabbed as a gubernatorial running mate after the statewide primary. If so, Mr. Kleine would be well positioned should this seat suddenly become open.
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