Illinois Dems poised to unveil new congressional map as Republican Kinzinger posts strong fundraising quarter

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GOP Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney are leading the charge against Trumpism. A new lllinois congressional map may determine his political fate. | Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s next political move depends on the new congressional map being drawn by Illinois state Democrats.

WASHINGTON — A new congressional map drawn by Illinois Democratic state lawmakers will be unveiled in the coming days, with the revised district lines to determine the next move for GOP U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who is bolstered by strong third quarter fundraising results.

Here are some observations:

KINZINGER CASH HAUL: Kinzinger, the best known Republican in Illinois, is also the most vulnerable because he and U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, are the only two Republicans in Congress willing to speak out against former President Donald Trump’s lies, election denials and embrace of conspiracy theories. While being a national leader of the non-Trump wing of the GOP party has raised his profile and fundraising ability, it also means it will very difficult for him to win a GOP primary for a House seat in Illinois — no matter what the new Democratic-designed map looks like.

For the third quarter — covering July, August and September — Kinzinger raised $957,177 for his two political committees, the Sun-Times has learned. He took in $562,355 for his re-election war chest and $394,822 for his Future First Leadership PAC, used to bankroll his “Country First” drive to build a movement to break Trump’s grip on the Republican Party.

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Kinzinger has $3.3 million cash-on-hand just for his reelection campaign. What is noteworthy about the haul is that Kinzinger raised the cash mainly through direct mail and digital appeals — not big events with headliners. That is a sign of strength.

What will Kinzinger do? He’d like to stay in the House. “His intention is to run,” said spokeswoman Maura Gillespie, who added, “We’ll have to see what the map shows, and then we can review his options.”

Third quarter fundraising results must be reported to the Federal Election Commission by Oct. 15.

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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