Former Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti announced Friday that she will be ending her campaign for the Republican nomination in the 6th Congressional District race.
Sanguinetti said in a statement that although she firmly believes she can win the nomination, she is worried about the cost.
“There has been enough destruction in the Republican Party from past election cycles, and I choose not to contribute further to it by engaging in a costly and negative campaign against my opponents,” Sanguinetti said in the statement. “I wish the remaining candidates all the best, and I encourage all Republicans to unite behind the eventual nominee for the good of the party and, more importantly, the nation as we continue the fight to stop socialism and to protect the American dream for future generations.”
Sanguinetti, who is a former Wheaton City Council member, announced her campaign in April to unseat freshman Democrat Sean Casten, whom she said does not represent the people of the 6th District.
Sanguinetti challenged Casten’s position on a number of issues, including the Green New Deal, a progressive income tax proposed by Gov. JB Pritzker and an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
Along the way, Sanguinetti collected dozens of endorsements, including U.S. Reps. Adam Kinzinger, John Shimkus and Rodney Davis; former Gov. Bruce Rauner; former U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk; state Sen. Don DeWitte; former state Sen. Pamela Althoff; and Cary Mayor Mark Kownick.
Between April and June 30, Sanguinetti’s campaign committee – Citizens for Evelyn – raised more than $100,000 and spent $33,776.93, according to federal campaign finance records.
With Sanguinetti out, former state Rep. Jeanne Ives remains the only Republican nominee for the 6th Congressional District.
“We believe Evelyn was earnest in her advocacy for freedom and limited government,” said Kathleen Murphy, Ives’ campaign. “We wish her well in her next endeavor.”
The 6th Congressional District stretches from Crystal Lake to Darien and covers portions of DuPage, Lake, Kane, McHenry and Cook counties.