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Joe Walsh Considering the 8th (Again)?



    Where exactly will Rep. Joe Walsh (8th) run for his second term? Looks like he's still deciding.

    In September the Tea Party Republican announced he would run against 14th District Rep. Randy Hultgren in the March primary instead of in the 8th where he was elected. Redistricting gave him the option to run in the 8th, 11th or 14th districts.

    But now there’s word he may be staying put in the 8th District. That means if he wins the primary, he would face either Tammy Duckworth or Raja Krishnamoorthi.

    Walsh isn't commenting but his would-be opponents are.

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    Krishnamoorthi's camp called him "unelectable."

    “His radical Tea Party agenda, combined with his personal problems, have made him unviable even in the Republican-leaning 14th District," said Krishnamoorthi campaign spokesman Mike Murray in a statement on Tuesday.

    “I got in this race to take on the Tea Party and stand up for the middle-class and small businesses,” said Krishnamoorthi. “I am uniquely positioned to challenge Joe Walsh and his misguided economic agenda.”

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    Duckworth's camp said back in September that Walsh avoided the 8th because he didn't want to challenge her.

    "He seems to have gotten the message that voters in Illinois' 8th Congressional District prefer Duckworth’s level-headed brand of proven service and sacrifice," according to a campaign statement.