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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Things to know about the race to replace ex-US Rep Schock

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Things to know about the race to replace ex-US Rep Schock

( KTRS ) Voters head to the polls across a large swath of central Illinois Thursday to replace ex-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. Schock resigned following a scandal over his spending, including lavishly redecorating his Washington, D.C., office in the style of TV’s “Downton Abbey.” The special election pits Republican state Sen. Darin LaHood of Peoria against […]

( KTRS ) Voters head to the polls across a large swath of central Illinois Thursday to replace ex-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock.

Schock resigned following a scandal over his spending, including lavishly redecorating his Washington, D.C., office in the style of TV’s “Downton Abbey.” The special election pits Republican state Sen. Darin LaHood of Peoria against Democrat Rob Mellon of Quincy. Turnout is expected to be low.

LaHood is the son of former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. He says he’s focused on agriculture, transportation and jobs. Mellon is a teacher and Army veteran. He says his top issues are job creation – income inequality in particular – and campaign finance.

Countering LaHood’s fundraising, name recognition and endorsements would be daunting for any Democrat. LaHood has out-raised Mellon $1.2 million to roughly $10,700.

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