October 19, 2022

Election Preview: Duckworth vs. Salvi for U.S. Senate

By AJ Castaneda

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth is looking to defend her spot in Washington D.C. on Nov. 8 against conservative opponent Kathy Salvi in a campaign of divergent candidate views.

Duckworth ran unopposed in the Democratic primary in June and has built a large campaign war chest of funds. She now faces Salvi, her Republican opponent, in the general election. Salvi won the Republican nomination by 30 percentage points (216,060 votes).

The candidates share opposing views on several issues, including abortion. A look at their background and how their campaigns have sized up:

Google Search Trends

The Google Trends chart below features the interest of searches of both the names of the candidates within 90 days. According to an analysis of Google search data, Duckworth peaked in search last week on Oct. 12. This is because early voting began on Oct. 12, and she and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin also announced $2,250,129,111 in funding for Illinois infrastructure.

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