US Rep. Rodney Davis wins Republican nomination


CHICAGO (AP) -- Freshman U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis has again won the Republican nomination to represent the 13th District in south-central Illinois.


Davis is from Taylorville. He was staffer for U.S. Rep. John Shimkus and worked for the Illinois Republican Party. He was first elected in 2012 to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson.


Davis won a three-way race that included Erika Harold, who is a Harvard graduate, attorney and was Miss America in 2002. Her campaign was in the national spotlight over the summer when a local GOP leader called her a "streetwalker" and later resigned.


 Also on the ballot was Mike Firsching, a veterinarian from Moro who made a previous unsuccessful bid for Congress.


Davis had the backing of most local Republicans and a larger campaign war chest than his opponents

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