Well, in about another 36 hours, this will all be over. We'll be watching the results very carefully in the U.S. Senate race (I plan to be at Mark Kirk's election night party, although the real drama will be watching to see who the Dem nominee is, as everyone expects a commanding victory for Kirk), the Tenth Congressional Race on both the GOP and Dem sides, and a slew of local races up here in Lake County like the 59th and 62nd legislative districts.
In the IL-10 race to succeed Congressman Mark Kirk, the Daily Herald took a look at the way the race has evolved, with a little help from some friends:
A relatively mild - but pricey - campaign has seen some attacks in recent weeks, though the barbs are not in the same ballpark as those in some high-profile statewide races.
Will going negative make a difference?
"By and large, on the North Shore where we have highly educated, independent voters, people don't respond well to negative campaigning because they feel they're being manipulated," said Larry Falbe, a Mettawa trustee and author of Team America's 10th District blog.
The DH also noted:
Because it is considered a moderate district where voters tout independence, candidates on both sides have had to tread carefully to be more inclusive.
"In this particular district, you're going to win it in the middle," said Kent Redfield, a political science professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Candidates, for example, uniformly have said creating jobs and cutting federal spending are priorities, and agree health care should be more accessible and affordable, though they differed on whether a public option should be part of a national reform plan.
As the only candidates with experience in office, [Democrat Julie] Hamos and [Republican Beth] Coulson have been pegged by opponents as insiders within a dysfunctional state government.
Both dismiss those connections, saying they have been independent and willing to buck the system.
This blog endorsed Beth Coulson for the GOP nomination for IL-10. We're not quite sure who would be the candidate we'd like to face on the Dem side: We know Dan Seals, and know where his many vulnerable points are. Hamos has a record to run against, and she's part of the Madigan machine that may finally take some of the well-deserved blame this year for the State's financial crisis. Those of us who were around in 1994 remember that Madigan suffered a round of ingracious defeats that year. We'll have to wait till the general is up and running, however, before we can make any useful predictions.
They are predicting low turnout, so get out there and vote tomorrow, if you have not done so already!