As I sit here watching the late returns after making the rounds of some of the North Shore victory parties, it is quite clear that Congressman Mark Kirk has handily beat his competition and will go on to face banker Alexi Giannoulias in the U.S. Senate race.
Here's video of Kirk's victory speech at the Westin Hotel in Wheeling. (You can pick out TA on the platform at the far left hand side waaaay in the back, but heck, I was up there).
Businessman Bob Dold beat out State Rep. Beth Coulson and will face two-time loser Dan Seals in the 10th Congressional District. Dold is going to need everyone's support against Seals in a Dem-leaning district, so we will need to get to work. The good news is that Seals is an enemy we know, plus his main credential for running for Congress is the fact he's run before. Not very impressive. And he can't claim the "outsider" mantle against Dold.
My friend Dan Sugrue won a big victory in the 59th Legislative District and will face Madigan tool Carol Sente in November.
Sandy Cole easily beat ideologue Paul Mitchell in the 62nd District.
But as of right now, Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard are neck and neck for guv.
It could be a long night for some, but I'm cashing it in. More tomorrow. Plus, the Republican Unity Breakfast!