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Walsh, Duckworth wage cutthroat battle in Illinois for 8th district

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Of all the Illinois races for Congress, one has attracted real nationwide attention - and millions in super-PAC spending.

The ads for the 8th district race between Rep. Joe Walsh and Tammy Duckworth talk about extremism, the Tea Party and Rod Blagojevich.

Walsh showed enthusiasm on the ground last July that he predicts will carry him to victory on Tuesday.

"We probably have the largest grass roots army of any campaign in the state," the Republican congressman said. "It is how I won two years ago. We've got hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people who are walking every day."

Walsh is a Tea Party favorite, who has promised to get government off of people's backs.

"People are hurting right now," Walsh said, "and all they want from their candidates this year, is what are you going to do to make our lives better."

He barely beat incumbent Melissa Bean two years ago, after which Illinois Democrats redrew the 8th district. The district is now 25% Hispanic, and 12% Asian-American, which should favor challenger Tammy Duckworth,

"This election is about whether we recommit ourselves to making government work for working people," the Democrat said, "or whether we surrender it to the rich, special interests and the extremes in Washington."

Duckworth, who was wounded in Iraq and then worked for veterans in Illinois and Washington, calls Walsh an extremist - especially on issues like abortion, where Walsh made headlines by saying there's never a medical necessity for an abortion to save a mother's life.

"Washington is failing to get results for the people of this district, and there is no greater example of this function than Congressman Joe Walsh," Duckworth said.

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