Illinois GOP congressional primary latest display of infighting

Illinois will hold its primary elections on Tuesday, with eyes on one congressional incumbent facing a challenge from within his party — joining several 2024 contests that have highlighted the fracturing of the Republican Party.

Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL), who represents Illinois’s 12th Congressional District, is facing a challenger from the party’s hard-line flank. Though Bost has the incumbent and fundraising advantages, as well as an endorsement from former President Donald Trump, he is facing competition from his own House colleagues as they throw support behind his challenger, Darren Bailey.

Bost’s Illinois primary is considered one of the tightest of the GOP’s 2024 races and the one that has drawn the most attention from the Land of Lincoln. Bailey, a right-flank candidate, lost the 2022 gubernatorial
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