As we all know, former Governor Jim Edgar was one of the very first Republicans to come out and endorse Congressman Mark Kirk's U.S. Senate run. You may remember that announcement last summer:
Tuesday will be the first test of the strength of Mark Kirk's candidacy, and Jim Edgar is even more enthusiastic today about the chances for the GOP to regain ground in Illinois than any of us could have hoped to be on that lovely summer day when Mark first announced his candidacy.
Edgar noted, "I think this election is the best opportunity we've had as a party in Illinois in over a decade, and I think we have a real good shot at winning this senate seat that was [once] occupied by President Obama. Mark Kirk is, I think everyone feels that he will be the Republican nominee, he is currently a Congressman and he comes from a predominantly Democratic district, so he has the ability to reach over and get independents and Democrats, which is critical to win Illinois."
I should also mention that Governor Edgar has also endorsed State Rep. Beth Coulson to fill Kirk's old spot in the 10th District.