Local Elections

Dr. Christopher Whitt, Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at Augustana College
Augustana College

Every other Friday or so until the November election, Dr. Christopher Whitt, Chair of the Political Science Department at Augustana College, will join Morning Edition with political analysis of national and local races.

This week, Dr. Whitt spoke with WVIK Morning Edition Host Jay Pearce about the outlook for candidates vying to become presidential nominees for their parties.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK

President

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won their respective primaries for President in Illinois Tuesday. Trump won by a 39-30 percent margin over Ted Cruz, and Clinton defeated Sanders with a 50-49 percent margin.

In the Quad Cities area, Clinton won in Rock Island, Mercer and Henry Counties. Sanders won in Whiteside, Carroll and Knox. Trump won all of our area counties, except for Mercer, which went for Cruz.

US Senate

Tammy Duckworth earned the right to challenge incumbent Republican Mark Kirk for his US Senate seat.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

"The collapse of the separation of powers is one of our biggest challenges." That's what GOP presidential candidate, Rand Paul, told a small crowd at St. Ambrose University this morning, at a campaign stop in Davenport. Michelle O'Neill reports the Kentucky U.S. Senator blames both parties.

Former Peoria Republican Congressman Aaron Schock's fall from political grace set in motion an unexpected special election, and that has unexpected consequences for county clerks.

On July 7, primary voters in the 18th Congressional district will get their first crack at choosing who'll represent them in D.C., following Aaron Schock's resignation.

Progressive Action for the Common Good

The homeless, unemployed, and working poor in the Quad Cities have a chance to learn more about the candidates who want to represent them. This weekend, Progressive Action for the Common Good held its first candidates forum on poverty at Bethel A.M.E Church in Davenport. 

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