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Monday is Joe Walsh's District Decision Day

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    UPDATE: Walsh Skips Re-Election District Announcement

    Rep. Joe Walsh (8th) said over the weekend he'll announce Monday which district he picked to run in for re-election. Until then it's up in the air.

    Will it be the newly redrawn Congressional 14th District, where he now resides by default and is considered a Tea Party favorite, or in the new 8th district, where he'd face Democrats Tammy Duckworth or Raja Krishnamoorthi.

    Redistricting gave him the option to run in the 8th, 11th or 14th districts. In September Walsh announced he would run against 14th District Rep. Randy Hultgren in the March primary. But rumor had it last week he may return to the 8th.

    "Part of me just doesn't want to give the district to the Democrats," the freshman Tea Party Republican said during a town hall meeting Saturday in St. Charles.

    Well he knows full well how Krishnamoorthi and Duckworth feel about him.

    “Joe Walsh is clearly unelectable,” said Krishnamoorthi campaign spokesman Mike Murray. “His radical Tea Party agenda, combined with his personal problems, have made him unviable even in the Republican-leaning 14th District.”

    "It looks like the residents of the 14th district didn’t want Tea Party hero Joe Walsh representing them," Duckworth's camp wrote in an email. "Tammy’s never backed down from a fight in her life and she certainly won’t back down from this one."

    We'll find out if the fighting is worthwhile later today.