Investor's Business Daily takes a look at how fiscal and economic issues, especially spending and the deficit, are likely to play out in the upcoming mid-term elections. As to the Illinois race for the U.S. Senate seat once held by Barack Obama, Investor's had this to say about front-runner Congressman Mark Kirk:
Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., is vying for the Senate seat formerly held by Obama and currently held by Democrat Roland Burris, who isn't running. Kirk's main GOP rival is conservative businessman Patrick Hughes. With less than a week to go before the Feb. 2 primary, polls show Hughes gaining little ground. Money is a key factor. But Kirk also has stressed issues that play well to conservative voters.
"It's all about fiscal responsibility with the (tea party folks)," said Greg Blankenship, president of the conservative Illinois Alliance for Growth. "Kirk has been pounding home that theme. He has signed a pledge to not raise taxes, and he doesn't have a terrible record on those issues. That puts him in good stead with the Republican Party of Illinois."
Yup. It's the economy, stupids.
h/t Illinois Alliance for Growth, which also takes a dig at how and why conservative candidate Patrick Hughes has failed to make any headway against Kirk.