February 2nd, 2010
12:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Analysts: May be hard for Democrats to keep Obama's former Senate seat

Democrats in Illinois face a fight to keep President Obama's former Senate seat.
Democrats in Illinois face a fight to keep President Obama's former Senate seat.

Chicago, Illinois (CNN) - Political analysts say it might be an uphill climb for the Democrats to hold onto Barack Obama's former Senate seat in Illinois.

"Democrats right now are in disarray in Illinois," said Russ Stewart, a long-time Illinois political analyst and columnist.

Illinois voters are voting today in the first primary in this year's midterm elections.

There are competitive races in both parties in the senatorial, gubernatorial and several congressional contests. There are also contests for attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller and treasurer, but precincts reported light turnout Tuesday morning. The weather wasn't helping - a couple of inches of snow was falling on the Chicago, Illinois, area Tuesday morning.

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  1. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Hmmmmmmmmm..... we'll see IF America REALLY wants to return to a Congress run by the Grand Old Obstructionists party!

    February 2, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Torch

    Man, the dominoes are falling one after another. Soon there won't be any Democrats and then all their supporters, especially the poor ,will be liberated from their slavery to this criminal organization posing as a political party.

    February 2, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. BURNS IN NH

    REALLY DO WE HAVE ENOUGH HONEST CITIZENS THERE THAT
    WILL STAND AGAINST CRIME BOSSES AND ELECT SOMEONE
    WHO HAS THE GUTS TO WORK FOR THE HONEST CITIZENS?

    February 2, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. BURNS IN NH

    IF THE HONEST VOTER WANTS HONEST FOLKS TO WORK FOR
    THEM THEN THEY HAVE TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND VOTE FOR
    ANYONE WITH PRINCIPALS THAT MEET DECENT FAMILY VALUES.

    February 2, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Obama - worse Presidet ever.

    Obama is ruining America, he is selling America out to China so why would anyone responsible American want him the dems to keep the seat. I mean this character is still campaigning. Listening to his Speech in NH. He is a joke! He is repeating his campaign speech. What a loser!!

    February 2, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Objective Thinking

    The title already highlights two problems in America's MO (mode of operation) when it comes to choosing politicians:

    1) It is not the "Democrat's" seat to hold onto in the first place. It is not the Republican's seat to gain. It is the people's seat. In Massachusetts, Scott Brown showed us that he gets that. The people who voted for him get that. Other people need to get it, too. I hope the people of Illinois get that.

    2) It does not matter who previously occupied the seat. The one to replaces him isn't being elected to act like the previous seat holder. He/she is being elected to represent the people. And keep in mind that the people have the right to change their minds on issues. So just because there used to be a Republican there doesn't mean he should be replaced with a Republican. Likewise, just because there used to be a Democrat there doesn't mean he should be replaced by a Democrat. He should be replaced by whomever is the best choice to represent the people. And since people can change their minds, the new replacement does not have to mimic the previous office holder.

    February 2, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. independent voter

    The silver spoon and the Obama/dem Congress induced democrat apathy will win Giannoulias the democrat Nomination, then all the blood letting, which has already started, over the huge Giannoulias bonus and bank failure will reach a crescendo galvanizing the republicans and majority of independents all the while continuing to demoralize the dem electorate. That is just on the local level. The Dem congress and loose spending ways of Obama will also help republicans/tea partiers and independent take "obama's" senate seat, which will be another slap in the face to this weakened white house

    February 2, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    It will be hard for either party to hold any seats any longer in Government.
    Vote them out, if they are in put them out this fall, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.

    February 2, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Obama mama

    I'll buy the seat!

    Let's see how smart IL voters are this year. If they vote for the corrupt democrat political machine, then they deserve what they get.

    February 2, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Annie, Atlanta

    In this economic climate the guys in charge are the ones that get the boot because, basically, we have to take it out on someone. That's a shame, personally. What have Republicans ever done for those of us out here in Main Street? Honestly? For decades! We actually got a real tax cut this year, and they voted against it. Think, people, before leaping out of anger, what you may be doing to yourselves.

    February 2, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Average American

    Democrats are in disarray in Illinois, but Kirk is being attacked by far right wing nuts in his own party. So, we'll see who passes the "purity test" first, and then we'll focus on the general election.

    February 2, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    What difference does it make, this country will let you just die if you don't have insurance. What a disgrace this country has become, corporations and insurance companies runnin' the govt. People denied healthcare, wow sounds a lot like hell to me. Just take the flag cut it up in five inch strips and sell it for toilet paper. Now there's a money maker, I'm surprised some born again nut case republican didn't think of that one.

    February 2, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Tom

    Unbeleivable! This president can't even get people in his own state to support him or his liberal policies. People are running away from Obama faster than Usain Bolt.

    February 2, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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