Well, for all the bluster that Dan Seals has made on the campaign trail about his close run with Illinois 10th District Congressman Mark Kirk (left) in 2006, and a few groups that have labeled this race as one of the most competitive in the nation, this morning's RealClearPolitics report doesn't even have the 10th District in the top 25 of the races where the seat is likely to change.
The RCP report did have Illinois' 11th District (Jerry Weller's open seat) as #17, stating: "Rep. Jerry Weller, a member of the GOP class of 1994, is retiring, and it never helps when the winner of the GOP primary drops out. The replacement candidate, concrete company general manager Martin Ozinga (R), has proven a remarkable fundraiser, which he'll need to be against state Senate Majority Leader Debbie Halvorson (D), a top Democratic recruit with more than $900,000 in the bank by the end of June. Halvorson is favored, but Ozinga has impressed so far."
The GOP has already figured out that Debbie Halvorson is ALSO a beneficiary of scandal-plagued NY Congressman Charlie Rangel's tainted campaign largess (to the tune of about $40,000, at least).