Fox News reported yesterday that, as we all knew, all public non-partisan polls show Kirk with a double-digit lead over all of his GOP opponents. It's now just a week before the primary.
Unfortunately for Pat Hughes, Kirk's 'closest' primary competitor, with only $22K in the bank as of January 13th, he simply doesn't have the money to challenge Kirk for the undecided vote (which turns out to be not that much, overall). Of course, squandering his campaign funds on consultants rather than direct voter contact has left Hughes in a position where he simply can't compete with Kirk, who is on radio, cable TV and doing direct mail, especially downstate where Kirk, a Congressman from northern Illinois, tends to be less known.
Also, as we noted yesterday, we have learned that President Obama himself is starting to get rather nervous about Kirk becoming the GOP nominee and what that might mean for the Dems' chances to hold on to the seat that was formerly held by Obama. I'd say anything that makes powerhouse political operative David Axelrod nervous is a very good thing for Republicans.