House Republicans are down three members from their election night total of 247 seats, but they are virtually certain to retain all three seats in special elections over the next four months. In Illinois's 18th CD and New York's 11th CD, Republicans may end up all but anointing successors to members who fell from grace. The real action is in Mississippi's 1st CD, where the race to replace late GOP Rep. Alan Nunnelee has turned into a 13-way free-for-all. IL-18: VACANT (Schock) (R) - West central: Quincy, parts of Peoria and Springfield Solid Republican. After the six year run of high-flying GOP Rep. Aaron Schock, this solidly Republican central Illinois district may well end up back in the hands of the LaHood family. Shock resigned this week and GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner announced that the special primary would take place on June 8 and general on July 24, but it's likely federal rules concerning military absentee ballots will push back those dates. GOP state Sen. Darin LaHood, son of longtime former Rep. Ray LaHood, jumped in the race immediately after
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