West Central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis survived a challenge to claim the Republican nomination to run again for his seat.
Davis beat out Urbana lawyer and onetime Miss America Erika Harold and Moro veterinarian Michael Firsching.
Davis will face former judge Ann Callis of Edwardsville, who won a three-way race in the Democratic primary against George Gollin and David Green. Davis and Callis each drew 54 percent of the vote.
“I look forward to a spirited debate over the issues and what our differing visions for America could turn out to be,” he says.
During his victory speech last night, Davis praised Firsching’s tenacity and Harold’s ability to attract new voters to the Republicans, while at the same time focusing on the former Speaker of the House.
“I look forward to working with both of my opponents to make sure that we take the vision that they have and ensure that Nancy Pelosi never again touches the gavel in the U.S. House of Representatives,” Davis said to applause.
“The hard-working taxpayers that have sent me to Washington don’t share the same vision for America that Nancy Pelosi does. A vote against me in this district is a vote for Nancy Pelosi to become Speaker of the House once again.”
Davis talks about the plan going forward after his primary win.
“We just ran a 10-month campaign for this primary, and all the while we worked to continue to put forth bipartisan, common-sense solutions, and that’s what I’m going to continue to do,” he says.
“We know that this district was drawn by the Democrats to be a 50-50 district. This is a district that we’re going to continue to fight to keep in Republican hands, and that’s what I intend to do regardless of the distractions around me,” Davis continues.
Davis also told people gathered at his election headquarters last night that he wants to repeal and replace Obamacare with a plan that will save taxpayer money and provide accessibility promised with the Affordable Care Act. He says the ACA has not done that.
Davis was appointed to the ballot after the 2012 primary and narrowly defeated Bloomington physician Dr. David Gill.