The Illinois GOP Judges Miss America

Republicans may be on a roll when it comes to recruiting intriguing new candidates for Congress. Last weekend, Utah Republicans surprised many when they handed the nomination for the state’s new congressional seat to Mia Love, the 37-year-old daughter of Haitian immigrants who is now the mayor of Saratoga Springs, which is south of Salt Lake City. Ms. Love, who says her favorite economist is 19th-century libertarian hero Frédéric Bastiat, is a strong contender to win in the fall.

Now Republicans in Illinois have to decide whether they want to make their own bold choice. The GOP nomination in the 13th congressional district, which stretches from collegiate Champaign-Urbana to the state capital of Springfield, is now vacant because of the sudden decision of incumbent Tim Johnson to retire a month after winning the Republican primary. His replacement will be chosen on May 16 by a vote of all 14 GOP county chairmen in the district.

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