No sure answer on Hartman effect in 13th District

No sure answer on Hartman effect in 13th District

Neither Republican Rodney Davis nor Democrat David Gill would say Monday that independent candidate John Hartman helped Davis win last week's 13th Congressional District race.

Unofficial results show that Davis won the three-way race by 1,287 votes over Gill. Hartman got 21,241 votes in the 14-county district that runs from Champaign-Urbana on the northeast to Edwardsville and Belleville on the southwest.

Both Hartman and Gregg Durham of the Springfield-based polling firm We Ask America said last week that they thought Hartman took more votes from Davis than Gill. Neither Davis nor Gill disputed that notion in separate interviews Monday.

"It's all Monday morning quarterbacking," said Davis. "I saw John said that he did an analysis, and it looked to him like he took more votes away from me in my stronger areas, and he actually said that he thought I would win by a larger margin. But that's all speculation.

"The fact is that it was a very close race."

Gill said he had concerns that Hartman "would take votes away from me, given our similar views with respect to the corporate funding of politics and government, and climate change and health care and gay marriage and women's reproductive rights.

"I always had those concerns, but of course, we'll never really know where his votes came from."

Gill said his campaign polled early in the race to see if Hartman was taking votes from him or Davis, and "it showed it to be roughly a wash. But that was before people knew where he stood on anything."

Meanwhile, Gill said he has not foreclosed on running again for Congress in 2014.

"I am not closing any door," he said. Asked if he would consider running for a state office, he said, "All things interest me, but it's been federal issues that have been my primary concern for years and years."

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