In Ill-17, Eric Sorensen, a meteorologist well-versed in climate issues, won the Democratic primary. Sorensen will face Republican Esther Joy King who has far outpaced Sorensen in fundraising. However, Sorensen is part of the DCCC’s “Red to Blue” program, which supports Dems in competitive congressional districts.
Sorensen is a staunch supporter of reproductive rights and is campaigning to create sustainable jobs. King is a JAG officer in the Army Reserves who is unapologetically anti-abortion, is opposed to enacting commonsense gun laws, and has received campaign contributions from election-deniers. In fact, King took three weeks to concede her loss to Cheri Bustos in 2020, falsely claiming that mail-in ballots would change the outcome.