SPRINGFIELD — Vice President Mike Pence says Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis has emerged as a voice for conservative values in Congress and is urging his supporters to get out the vote in the midterm elections.
Pence campaigned for Davis on Friday at a fundraising event in Springfield. Davis is one of four Illinois congressman whose seats are being targeted by Democrats as they try to regain control of the House.
The Taylorville Republican faces a challenge from Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan of Springfield for the 13th Congressional District seat.
"The Vice President recognizes the importance of ensuring Rodney returns to Congress. The path to maintaining the majority comes right through Illinois. The Democrats are targeting Rodney and dumping millions of dollars into his opponent's campaign. We can stop the Blue Wave right here with your help," said an email from the Sangamon County Republican Central Committee.
Pence said Davis, as chairman of a House agriculture subcommittee, helped President Donald Trump negotiate the new U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade agreement.
Both Londrigan and Davis have seen an influx of campaign cash inserted into their race from the national parties seeking to gain control of the seat. Each candidate released poll numbers this week showing favorable results. Londrigan's poll showed her trailing Davis by one percentage point, while a Davis poll had him winning by 13 percentage points.
Congressman John Lewis, a key civil rights figure, will be the featured speaker at an event Tuesday in Decatur for Londrigan.
The free Decatur event, sponsored by the NAACP Decatur Branch, is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Church of the Living God CWFF, 400 S. Franklin St.
Lewis, a Democrat who represents Georgia in the House, was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and helped organize the March on Washington.