Esther Joy King

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A national political analyst says Republican Esther Joy King could give U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos a closer-than-expected race in the 17th Congressional District.

You know it's getting close to election season crunch time when candidates start popping up on your local airwaves.

17th District Republican candidate Esther Joy King landed the endorsements of two prominent rising stars in the national party.

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Three Republicans made their cases for why they deserve their party's nomination for the 17th Congressional District this March.

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A withdrawn Republican candidate for the 17th Congressional District now claims he's back in the race. But the Illinois State Board of Elections says that's not necessarily the case.

Eugene Farrell of Roseville is calling it quits on his campaign for the Republican nomination for the 17th Congressional District. 

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos raised more than $1.5 million in this third quarter of this year. 

Fundraising numbers were submitted to the Federal Election Commission Tuesday. 

Bustos is also the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She spent $1.1 million in the 3rd quarter, leaving her with $2.6 million cash on hand.

Her Republican challenger, Esther Joy King, raised just over $120,000 in the third quarter. She said that’s about 20 percent above the goal she set for herself in the first 40 days of her campaign.

Three Republican candidates have filed to run for the 17th Congressional District. 

East Moline attorney Esther Joy King, U.S. Army veteran Eugene Farrell of Roseville, and Bill Fawell of Galena filed statements of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission. 

King has made appearances at events throughout the sprawling 17th Congressional District since declaring her candidacy last month. She recently appeared at the Pekin Marigold Festival with the Tazewell County Republicans. 

A Republican attorney from East Moline is challenging Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) for the 17th Congressional District.