The Candidate: Joe Walsh
The Race: Walsh is running against Tammy Duckworth to defend his Congressional seat in the newly redrawn 8th district.
The Competition: Tammy Duckworth
The Buzz: Walsh beat out incumbent Melissa Bean for the 8th District in 2010. After the districts were redrawn, Walsh found his residence in the 14th district and considered running against Randy Hultgren. However, he announced in 2011 that he would run in the newly remapped district.
Walsh was defeated in both a state and U.S. Congressional run for office during the preceding decade.
Walsh is opposed to gay marriage, embryonic stem cell research and human cloning.
He has been publicly accused of not paying child support and having his house go under foreclosure.