Yesterday, Governor Pat Quinn decided to go ahead with plans for a special election to fill the remainder of the U.S. Senate term of now-President Barack Obama, in the face of decision by a federal district judge that was already beginning to shape that process.
We're been paying particular attention to this story, given the potential political drama that may unfold if current U.S. Senator Roland Burris does not meekly bow to the unfolding plan to simply place the winners of the primary election on the ballot for the special election, and corresponding damage to the Democrats, who don't need any reminders to the voters that the current U.S. Senator was placed there by disgraced former Guv Rod Blagojevich.
As we predicted, Burris is continuing to rattle his saber that he will exercise whatever options he has to give him, rather than Alexi Giannoulias, a chance to be on the special election ballot. How real this threat is, well, who knows, since he's still in debt from his previous battle to be seated in the U.S. Senate, has a less-than-stellar recent record as a fundraiser, and is generally looked at with mixed degrees of derision and pity by many Illinoisans, it seems.
Aside from the Burris-Giannoulias drama, the fact that we will now have two elections appears to open the floodgates for 'maxed-out' donors for both Alexi Giannoulias and Mark Kirk to double down and re-declare their faithful support, and contribute thousands more to their campaigns. I'm just guessing, but given Kirk's fundraising prowess, and his record of beating the pants off Giannoulias in the head-to-head fundraising battle in this race, I'd say the advantage goes to Kirk.