Londrigan moves up on Dems' priority list

Londrigan moves up on Dems' priority list

WASHINGTON — Two days after her overwhelming win in the five-way 13th Congressional District primary, Springfield Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan's campaign has moved up the priority ladder at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Londrigan got 45.7 percent in Tuesday's primary, with more than twice as many votes as her nearest competitor, Edwardsville attorney Erik Jones.

She will face three-term U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville in November.

And on Thursday, the DCCC placed Londrigan's campaign in its "Red to Blue" category, meaning that it gets organizational and fundraising support — although no promise of direct money — from the Washington-led campaign committee that is overseen by Democratic lawmakers.

"Betsy Dirksen Londrigan won a hard-fought Democratic primary, which highlighted how strongly her message resonates with Illinois voters," said Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., the chair of the DCCC. "After watching her son fight a life-threatening illness, Betsy understands as well as anyone what is at stake when Washington Republicans slash affordable health care and demand that families like hers pay more for less coverage. As a mother, entrepreneur and nonprofit leader, Betsy is well-positioned to win this race in November."

The DCCC got involved in the 13th District in 2012 when David Gill narrowly lost to Davis by three-tenths of a percentage point, or about 1,000 votes. Since then, however, Davis has had easy wins over Ann Callis in 2014 and Mark Wickland in 2016.

But this year Londrigan, who is a professional fundraiser, collected more than $600,000 for her own campaign, plus got an endorsement from the Emily's List political organization that earned her more than $185,000 in uncoordinated campaign assistance, mostly mail pieces.

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