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Joe Walsh Runs Unopposed



    Joe Walsh will win the Republican nomination for the 8th District congressional race this March.

    He won't have a primary opponent, so the nomination is all too easy for the freshman rep.

    The woman who had planned to run for the Republican nomination, Darlene Ruscitti, withdrew from the race. Ruscitti cited mounting expenses and her role as an Illinois Republican leader as reasons for her departure.

    “Service to this great state and nation is the reason I decided to run for Congress and that passion for public service will continue to guide me as an educator and civic leader in the years to come,” Ruscitti said in a statement.

    Walsh recently chose the 8th district as his preferred destination. He announced his run during an event in Chicago.

    He will likely face either Tammy Duckworth or Raja Krishnamoorthi, both Democrats, in the general election.

    Duckworth used the opportunity created by Ruscitti's departure to hammer on Walsh.

    “The choice for voters in the 8th Congressional District couldn’t be more clear," she said. " Just this week, Joe Walsh voted to increase taxes on 6.5 million middle-income families in Illinois starting January 1st.  And then he voted to take a holiday vacation.  He’s clearly not the kind of leader the 8th Congressional District needs.”