Illinois 11: GOP Nominee Baldermann Ending Bid

February 22, 2008 · 11:14 AM EST

New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann (R) is expected to end his congressional bid, according to GOP sources. The open seat, being vacated by Cong. Jerry Weller (R), was already a headache for Republicans, but this development is likely to make it even more difficult. Democrats have a strong nominee in State Senate Majority Leader Debbie Halvorson (D).

Because the primary is over, the Republican Party chairmen from each county together will choose the replacement nominee. The vote will be weighted based on prior election results, giving Will County a huge influence on the decision.