Illinois Dem’s walking back expectations on Congressional Wins. They shouldn’t be so sure on the 8th either. A lot of energy out there for Walsh.
Privately, Democratic operatives concede only one race is a slam dunk: Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth's (D) bid against Rep. Joe Walsh (R) in the suburban Chicago 8th district.
The remaining four seats held by Republicans are still up for grabs:
. Rep. Robert Dold (R) versus businessman Brad Schneider (D) in the 10th district, north of Chicago.
. Rep. Bobby Schilling (R) versus former East Moline Alderwoman Cheri Bustos (D) in the 17th district in western Illinois.
. The open-seat race for retiring Rep. Timothy Johnson's (R) 13th district in downstate Illinois. Medical doctor David Gill (D) is running against Rodney Davis, a former aide to Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.).
The party must also hold retiring Rep. Jerry Costello's (D) 12th district east of St. Louis. That's an expensive proposition in that media market, even if Democrats are favored to keep the seat.