Metro-East News

Probable Kelly-Bost matchup expected to be a fall toss-up

Illinois’ 12th congressional district race is expected to be a toss-up election in the fall, according to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report’s latest forecast.

The race in the fall is expected to have U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, going up against St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly, a Democrat from Swansea.

The district, which Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth carried in 2016, had been rated by the Cook Political Report as “lean Republican” prior to the new forecast.

The rating change comes as Kelly outraised Bost in the fourth quarter of 2017 — $315,000 to $248,000. Kelly also narrowed Bost’s cash-on-hand advantage. Bost had $686,000 at the end of the quarter. Kelly had $520,500.

Also running in the March 20 primary is Democrat David Bequette, of Columbia, and Republican Preston Nelson. Green Party candidate Randy Auxier, of Murphysboro, is also in the race.

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter