Watch Live: Aaron Schock Open Seat Heats Up — Mike Flynn Debates Darin LaHood for Special Election Seat

The State Journal-Register and 970 WMAY-AM will sponsor a debate on Monday between the three Republican candidates for the 18th U.S. House District seat vacated by former Rep. Aaron Schock.

Mike Flynn, a conservative writer from Quincy, Darin LaHood, a state senator from Peoria, and Donald Rients, a former corrections officer from Benson, will debate beginning at 7 p.m. ET at The State Journal-Register building in Springfield, IL.

The panelists for Monday’s debate will be SJ-R political writer Bernard Schoenburg, WMAY news director Jim Leach and Peoria Journal-Star political writer Chris Kaergard.

A primary election for the 18th District race is July 7. The general election is Sept. 10.

Last week, Breitbart News reported that establishment favorite LaHood was endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce, to which Flynn responded:  “If you love big bank bailouts, loved the Obama stimulus, love corporate welfare for big defense contractors, and loved Obama’s executive amnesty, then evidently, you should vote for Darin LaHood. If you’re for limited government, lower taxes, free market competition, and securing the border first, then it’s clear: You should vote for me.”

Mike Flynn is the founding editor of Breitbart’s Big Government.

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