It appears that the unofficial announcement of State Rep. Beth Coulson for Mark Kirk's 10th Congressional District spot is already starting to thin the GOP primary field somewhat.
Renee Thaler, a former Edgar administration office whom we profiled here, told Team America this afternoon that she has decided not to pursue the race, given that she and Coulson are almost identical on the issues. Thaler and Coulson have known each other a long time, and interestingly, while Thaler says she wishes Coulson well, Thaler isn't ready to endorse Coulson (or assumedly anyone else) quite yet.
It will probably be a bit before things settle down as to the GOP field, and TA even expects that one or two more fairly serious contenders will present themselves before this is all done. Of course, we also need to wait to see who actually circulates petitions and gets on the primary ballot (and here in the Lake County part of the 10th District, we're certainly not shy about ballot challenges by either Dems or Republicans, so we need to hang on for a few months yet).
Coulson's entry, however, is sure to make a few other folks rethink their plan, either because they believe Coulson is the best candidate for the office, or that she simply is unbeatable in the primary.