10th District Totals:
9:00 p.m.- WGN reports Seals 82%, Footlik 18%. Not sure what percentage reported yet.
The word from Willard's office is that they are having to drive the results physically from the precincts. That means that the Seals-Footlik results are all from Cook County.
10:00 p.m.- looks to me like most of Cook County is in, 51% or so of the total 10th District reporting. Seals 83%, Footlik 17%. We will not have results from Lake County for a bit longer yet. Even if Lake County breaks more for Footlik, which I predict it will, it's clear that Seals as a more established candidate, plus Footlik's missteps, gave us the overall result we are seeing. The interesting question that will develop over the next few weeks is if any more attention is paid to the various warts that Seals is starting to develop as a candidate. Here's an NBC-5 link for current results.
10:30 p.m. - looks like Lake County is now reporting, but only for absentee and early votes. But, it's clear Seals is the winner in the 10th. They looked awfully happy at Camp Seals on the TV, and they should enjoy themselves tonight. Because it may well be, all the Dems did is nominate a highly flawed candidate that Kirk is going to spend the next 6 months beating like the seal pup he is.
A few other tidbits- Dr. Steve Sauerberg wins handily for U.S. Senate (to contest Dick Durbin) and Steve Greenberg wins in the 8th Congreessional District over Kirk Morris and Ken Arnold. Milkman Jim Oberweis finally wins one and is the winner of the special election to replace former Speaker Dennis Hastert for the remaining 10 months of Hastert's term.
In the 60th State Legislative District (Waukegan, North Chicago), it looks like incumbent and former Terry Link guy Eddie Washinton squeaked by challenger, county board member and current Terry Link guy Angelo Kyle. This might be viewed as a bit of an upset as Kyle was looking pretty much like a winner up until today.
ORIGINAL POST: I was contemplating doing some live-blogging tonight from Kirk campaign headquarters, but between getting the kids down late (bath nite) and the weather, I'll have to make do from the kitchen table.
First, to follow the Lake County election results, check out County Clerk Extraordinaire Willard Helander's website with election results here.
While you are waiting for the results to come in, enjoy this student blog, Wildcat Watch (with a healthy dose of attitude) from Northwestern University that has picked up the professor-gate issue. ("Illinois Politician Pads Resume With Northwestern Related Lies") Apparently the students at NU understand pretty quickly what Dan Seals fans are still in denial about: he lied about his teaching position.
A few reports from the field indicate that Dan Seals was asked to leave several polling places for electioneering at the doorway. A call to Willard's office this afternoon confirmed that they received several complaints, but apparently there were also some complaints about Footlik. So where are the cell phone pictures/videos, guys???
Stay tuned for more...