We first told you in March that Republican candidate Tim Johnson is retiring. Today Taylorville resident Rodney Davis was chosen to take his place on the ballot.
14 Republican party leaders met at the Crown Plaza here in the Capital City for about two hours before they made their decision.
But they say in the end, Davis is the best fit.
Leaders decided his deep roots in Central Illinois made him the perfect match for voters. His experience in government didn't hurt either.
Davis has been an aide to Congressman John Shimkus for about 17 years now. But the Republican party says it's his determination and hard work that made him a shoo-in.
''I think you'll find starting today Rodney Davis will be out there working hard. He'll be available- he's going to campaign hard in all of the 14 counties. His energy, his work ethic and his experience makes him the best candidate.''
Erika Harold, Jerry Clarke and Kathy Wassink were also competing for the Republican Nomination.
Davis will face Democratic candidate David Gill in November.