STATELINE (WIFR) -- With just over a month until voters hit the polls, political candidates are doing all they can to win their elections...and the case is no different in Illinois’ 16th Congressional District, where the newly drawn state map has two current Congressman facing off for one seat: incumbent Don Manzullo and current 11th District representative Republican Adam Kinzinger.
Manzullo and Kinzinger made stops in Boone, DeKalb and Winnebago County today to meet with voters and other political leaders. Manzullo has presided over the 16th District since 1993 and says he's never had to go up against a fellow congressman in a re-election bid. Kinzinger meanwhile took office in 2011 for the 11th District. Despite the difference in congressional experience, both candidates feel they can bring unique qualities to Washington.
"Ultimately, everyone needs to be judged on how he or she votes with that voting card and I'm very proud that I've received the support from all the conservative groups because of my very consistent...conservative leadership in the house of representatives”, says Manzullo.
Kinzinger says, "It's a new generation of conservatism. Over the past, republicans have lost the faith of the American people and so have democrats. So we need a new generation of people to come in and say look, it's about less government, balancing the budget and not earmarking. It's about understanding the government can't do everything."
Kinzinger has brought in strong numbers in his fundraising efforts; nearly $286,000 was raised in the final three months of 2011, 68 percent more than Manzullo.
The incumbent Manzullo may be trailing in campaign funds, but he picked up a big endorsement last week, receiving support from the Illinois Tea Party.