Is Roskam Worried About a ‘Blue Wave’ in Illinois’ 6th District?
Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam is running for his seventh term in Illinois’ 6th Congressional District, but not without stiff competition from the left.
If voter turnout is any indicator, there may be a so-called Democratic “blue wave” brewing in the district, which covers suburbs west and northwest of Chicago in DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Cook counties.
More than 68,000 voters cast ballots in the district’s Democratic primary last month – an increase of more than 600 percent compared to the turnout of fewer than 9,000 voters in the Democratic primary during the 2014 midterm elections – although both Roskam and his Democratic challenger Michael Mason ran unopposed in their primaries that year.
Clean energy entrepreneur Sean Casten beat out six other Democrats in the crowded primary to face Roskam in November.