Just got back from the Mark Kirk event in Wheeling, and I want to congratulate him (yes, let's call him Senator-elect) and Congressman-elect Robert Dold. Above photo, Mark waits 'backstage' to give his acceptance speech. Below, a glimpse of the high-tech Kirk for Senate technology center, or as we like to call it, the "war room," where we monitored the incoming election results, and where Mark took the concession call from Alexi Giannoulias.
Alexi Giannoulias did give a classy concession speech, but Mark gave an even better acceptance speech. The really big loser: President Obama, who did absolutely everything he could to save his old senate seat, but still fell embarrassingly short. C'est la vie. Also, a shout-out to the rest of the new Illinois Congressmen, including, perhaps, Joe Walsh, if his lead holds up.
Sheriff Mark Curran, who handily won re-election, gave me a ride home. Thanks Mark! Also, congrats to our other country-wide winners, Willard Helander, Bob Skidmore, and Roycelee Wood.
Also congrats to Lauren Turelli, Hamilton Chang and especially Dan Sugrue who ran hard races against the lies and money of Michael Madigan.
Congrats to our Lake County county board members, all of whom I believe held on for re-election, Suzi Schmidt, who pasted Michael Bond, and our State Rep. incumbents, Sandy Cole, Ed Sullivan, Jr., Sid Mathias, and JoAnn Osmond.
I guess Dan Seals is now a three-time loser. In some states that means prison for life, but in Illinois, that most likely means that Mike Madigan will just give him a no-show state job. Ain't life grand?
More in the morning. ;-)
UPDATED 11/3/10 10:30 a.m.: Seals Finally Concedes: I didn't realize it last night, but Dan Seals didn't concede until just this morning. I think our prediction was pretty much on the money on that race. Don't go away angry, Dan, just go away.