February 3, 2010

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Kirk Wins Primary for Illinois (DOUGLAS BELKIN, 2/03/10, WSJ)

In the first midterm election of the year, with the U.S. Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama up for grabs, voters sent a moderate five-term congressman from a wealthy suburb to face off against a 33-year-old state Treasurer who used to play basketball with the president.

Marl Kirk, the Republican congressman, won his primary by nearly 40 percentage points, according to the Associated Press. His Democratic opponent, Alexi Giannoulias, beat former Chicago Inspector David Hoffman – a relative unknown – by five percentage points.

The election comes less than a month after Republican Scott Brown tapped into an anti-establishment mood among voters and shocked Democrats by winning a special election to fill the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat in Massachusetts. At his victory speech, Mr. Kirk wasted no time in evoking that victory and challenging the Democrats stronghold in Washington.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 3, 2010 6:58 AM
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