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GOP Moderate Kirk Wins Ill. Senate Primary
http://www.newser.com ^ | 2-2-2010 Updated 22 minutes ago | By Will McCahill

Posted on 02/02/2010 8:11:31 PM PST by Maelstorm

Newser) – Moderate Mark Kirk has won Illinois’ Republican Senate primary, blowing away two conservative opponents backed by tea-party contingents. The congressman has 56% of the vote with more than 82% of precincts reporting—giving him a 37% lead over Patrick Hughes. Analysts predicted that a clear Kirk victory would take much of the steam out of the tea-party movement.

On the Democratic side, the Chicago Tribune reports, state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias looks close to clinching the nomination, setting up a fight with Kirk for the Senate seat vacated by President Obama.

(Excerpt) Read more at newser.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: 2010midterms; acorn; gayrino; giannoulias; gopprimary; il2010; illinois; kirk; party; patrickhughes; rino; rmsp; tea
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Rated 'F' on Second Ammendment
Rated 100% by NARAL
Endorsed by Gay Activists
Voted for CAP and Trade and supports radical environmentalism
Voted Against the Iraqi Surge

Ranked one of the top 10 Liberal Republicans.
What in the hell happenned here?

1 posted on 02/02/2010 8:11:31 PM PST by Maelstorm
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To: Maelstorm

It’s Illinois!


2 posted on 02/02/2010 8:12:37 PM PST by luckystarmom
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To: Maelstorm

What is his stand on socialized medicine?


3 posted on 02/02/2010 8:13:14 PM PST by Patrick1
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To: Maelstorm

He’s no Republican in my book.


4 posted on 02/02/2010 8:13:17 PM PST by peggybac
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To: Maelstorm
What in the hell happenned here?

Once he wins Obama's seat, he will be declared by the media as a foaming-at-the-mouth far-right extremist.
5 posted on 02/02/2010 8:13:41 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority ("My...health care plan is a Bolshevik plot... which will destroy America." - Barack Obama)
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To: Maelstorm

The Combine happened. A fix that makes the old Soviet elections look respectable and honest.


6 posted on 02/02/2010 8:13:47 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Maelstorm

Sounds like a vote for increased taxes and national poverty.


7 posted on 02/02/2010 8:13:59 PM PST by The Duke
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To: Maelstorm
Something wrong about his eyes that I can't quite place.
8 posted on 02/02/2010 8:13:59 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Maelstorm

No, the steam isn’t running out of the teaparty movement. Don’t be ridiculous.


9 posted on 02/02/2010 8:14:13 PM PST by fightinJAG (Largest wing in future Obama Presidential Library will be devoted to Bush & Cheney)
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To: Maelstorm

“Steam Running out of the Tea Part Movement?”

Hardly. It’s Illi-f***ing-nois! There are just some places a true conservative can’t win. Illinois is one of them.


10 posted on 02/02/2010 8:14:26 PM PST by PawtucketPatriot71 (Democrats. Moderate Republicans......What's the difference?)
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To: luckystarmom
I'm crushed.

Although he lost, I pray Patrick Hughes will continue to fight for the great state of Illinois.

11 posted on 02/02/2010 8:14:28 PM PST by T Lady (The MSM: Pravda West)
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To: Maelstorm

Moderate? How can they call him a moderate? To be called liberal on abortion do you have to favor forced abortions?

* Support woman’s right to choose; along with family planning.
* Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines.
* Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research.
* Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions.
* Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime.
* Voted NO on funding for health providers who don’t provide abortion info.
* Voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad.
* Voted NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes.
* Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record.


12 posted on 02/02/2010 8:14:30 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: Maelstorm

“.......Steam Running Out of Tea Party Movement?”

Hell NO! It’s Illinois. Can’t expect any better than a RINO from there.


13 posted on 02/02/2010 8:14:45 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: Maelstorm; Admin Moderator

Why’d you change the article title?


14 posted on 02/02/2010 8:14:49 PM PST by Chunga (Any IDIOT who says Obama would be better for the country than McCain is a disgrace - Mark Levin)
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To: Maelstorm
Analysts predicted that a clear Kirk victory would take much of the steam out of the tea-party movement.

Wishful thinking on the part of "analysts."

15 posted on 02/02/2010 8:14:59 PM PST by TN4Liberty (My tagline disappeared so this is my new one.)
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To: PawtucketPatriot71

Massachusetts is better than Illinois?


16 posted on 02/02/2010 8:15:55 PM PST by ari-freedom (Let me be clear: Obama sux)
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To: Maelstorm

The ONLY upside is that Kirk has the best chance to “steal “Obama’s” seat”.


17 posted on 02/02/2010 8:16:07 PM PST by MamaLucci (It ain't much, but it's all I got....)
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To: grey_whiskers

“Something wrong about his eyes that I can’t quite place.”

The eye on his right side appears to be an open hole. No eyeball. Just an empty socket.


18 posted on 02/02/2010 8:16:19 PM PST by PawtucketPatriot71 (Democrats. Moderate Republicans......What's the difference?)
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To: Maelstorm
"What in the hell happenned here? "

I don't know how Illinois is set up, but maybe there was some of that cross-party voting, letting the dems vote for the most liberal RINO...like they did for McCain.
19 posted on 02/02/2010 8:16:38 PM PST by FrankR (The ones of us who love AMERICA far outnumber those who love obama - your choice.)
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To: icwhatudo

Anyone who donates to the RNC will have their money go to this liberal! Give direct to conservatives instead!


20 posted on 02/02/2010 8:17:00 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: luckystarmom

I lived in Cook County for 32 years. If you could take it off the map, Illinois would be the most conservative state in the country. And if pigs had wings..........


21 posted on 02/02/2010 8:17:27 PM PST by BIG_CARBON_FOOT_PRINT
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To: Maelstorm

Two things come to mind:
1) The Tea Party movement wasn’t as involved in this one.
2) Fine, let the rinos finance this campaign. Get them to motivate the base. We’ll see how that goes.


22 posted on 02/02/2010 8:17:44 PM PST by ABQHispConservative (A good Blue Dog is an unelected Blue Dog. Ditto Rino's!)
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To: Maelstorm

I wonder which candidate the RNC backed.


23 posted on 02/02/2010 8:18:40 PM PST by Texas56
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To: Maelstorm

What happened is Chicago. The atypical dome of the MidWest!

I really don’t care much to go over the border. Your dealing with decades of indoctrination and a whole different mentality. Look how much they are taxed in the city. Look at the hikes done on all the tolls around the city. There’s been no anti-movement gaining ground on even these issues, I’m not too surprised by the outcome with these elections. The lemmings take it gleefully.


24 posted on 02/02/2010 8:18:46 PM PST by TheBigJ
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To: icwhatudo

Amen. The RNC has been calling and calling me. Do not give to the RNC. Target your money directly to the conservative candidates of your choosing.


25 posted on 02/02/2010 8:19:24 PM PST by BIG_CARBON_FOOT_PRINT
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To: ari-freedom

“Massachusetts is better than Illinois?”

Scott Brown isn’t a Conservative by any reach. He is pro gay marriage, pro abortion, pro gun control and a global warming believer. He did adopt some things the Tea Party stood for like no Obamacare, cutting spending and lowering taxes. But his not a conservative and never realy ran as one.


26 posted on 02/02/2010 8:19:44 PM PST by PawtucketPatriot71 (Democrats. Moderate Republicans......What's the difference?)
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To: Maelstorm

To prevent duplication, please do not alter the title. Thanks.


27 posted on 02/02/2010 8:19:59 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Maelstorm
don't blame me, I voted for Hughes.

This writer doesn't say what "analysts" in "Analysts predicted that a clear Kirk victory would take much of the steam out of the tea-party movement."

Clicked through all the links and...nothing.

Kirk wins because of name recognition, pure and simple.

Illinois should be ripe for Repub pickins. Ain't gunna happen.
28 posted on 02/02/2010 8:20:04 PM PST by stylin19a
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To: Maelstorm

Kirk has been running for this seat more or less for 10 years. He never intended to end his life in the House. He had name recognition and no one else in the field did.


29 posted on 02/02/2010 8:20:21 PM PST by Houghton M.
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To: fightinJAG
No, the steam isn’t running out of the teaparty movement. Don’t be ridiculous.

Agreed. If this had happened in UT, OK, AL or GA, I would be concerned. But IL & MA? No big deal. Take what you can get.

30 posted on 02/02/2010 8:20:28 PM PST by ChrisInAR (You gotta let it out, Captain!)
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To: Maelstorm
Analysts predicted that a clear Kirk victory would take much of the steam out of the tea-party movement.

Analysts predicted that the Titanic was unsinkable.

31 posted on 02/02/2010 8:21:41 PM PST by Billthedrill
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Well in the past he hasn’t had any problem with it. He did vote against Obamacare in the house but he’d taken considerable flack for his CAP and Trade vote where he was one of 8 Republicans that deserted ship. Previously he had voted with Democrats to override President Bush’s vetoes of the SCHIP program and voted for an expansion to Medicare (both expansions of government control of healthcare and severely fiscally irresponsible bills).

This guy makes Susan Collins and Olympia Snow look conservative. He is the political reincarnation of Lincoln Chafee or Christopher Shays. The important thing is that we don’t need his seat and we don’t need the idea that some how we need more liberal Republicans to win to become the overriding idea and you will bet if this guy wins Obama’s old seat that is what you are going to hear. It really makes the Tea Parties look like they are powerless and big government Republicanism is on the rise again.


32 posted on 02/02/2010 8:22:36 PM PST by Maelstorm (We are umbilicaled to a parasitic beast that feeds off one man so to enslave another to dependency.)
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To: Maelstorm

He’s a disaster for sure but there is good news in the 9th and 10th House districts and governor and lt. governor.


33 posted on 02/02/2010 8:23:19 PM PST by Houghton M.
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To: Maelstorm
What the Hell happened here?

1) Open Primaries

2) Uneducated voters

3) Cook County

4) Millions of dollars in ads promoting Kirk as "fiscal conservative" (This one closely associated with #2)

5) Uneducated voters

34 posted on 02/02/2010 8:23:20 PM PST by Falcon28
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To: Maelstorm
"On the Democratic side, the Chicago Tribune reports, state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias looks close to clinching the nomination, setting up a fight with Kirk for the Senate seat vacated by President Obama."

So it's 2 unprincipled scumbags squaring off. Illinois business as usual.

We can't expect that running off the Devil will be easy.

It never has been and never will be.

If elected we just have to work to make sure his colleagues are so drastically different from him that even he recognizes how foolish he is calling himself Republican and acting Democrat.

We don't need any more Arlen Spectors.

35 posted on 02/02/2010 8:23:28 PM PST by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: Maelstorm

Kirk is a progressive Republican.

http://www.foundingbloggers.com/wordpress/2010/01/progressive-republican-mark-kirk-il-claims-3million-election-fund/


36 posted on 02/02/2010 8:24:23 PM PST by Enough is ENOUGH (Select conservatives for the coming primaries, now. Vote out the incumbents.)
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To: stylin19a

:His victory would put a dent in the tea party panic gripping the GOP, says Talking Points Memo” http://www.newser.com/story/79885/illinois-primary-could-muffle-tea-party-buzz.html


37 posted on 02/02/2010 8:24:34 PM PST by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: icwhatudo

Basically then there are two Dem-RATS running for the seat. Doesn’t really matter which one wins, altho it’s probably better to keep the enemy out of your Party rather than in.


38 posted on 02/02/2010 8:24:59 PM PST by whatisthetruth
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To: Maelstorm

Too bad Burris isn’t running....at least he’s good for some comic relief.


39 posted on 02/02/2010 8:26:11 PM PST by clintonh8r (Nobody's 'bot!!)
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To: Maelstorm

Looks like george bush.

[spit]


40 posted on 02/02/2010 8:26:34 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Maelstorm

Such silly prognostications this reporter writes in the article... It is common knowledge that every political movement ‘wins some and they lose some”...

The Tea Party movement is a hodge-podge of groups - just getting organized... After all it has only been a year or is it less? ... that a Tea Party ‘movement’ even got underway.

As an emerging entity - the various Tea Parties groups will have strength and success in one area but perhaps not another. Tea Parties are not funded by Billionaires.

The biggest mistake that any liberal/leftist/Marxist - a.k.a. ‘Progressive Democrats’ can make is to assume that the diverse Tea Parties follow one rule and will die on the vine at one defeat or another...

Nothing could be further from the truth...


41 posted on 02/02/2010 8:26:52 PM PST by ICCtheWay
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To: TheClintons-STILLAnti-American

Giannoulias is a basketball and locker room buddy of Barack Obama with no experience and another con artist.


42 posted on 02/02/2010 8:27:43 PM PST by TheBigJ
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To: Maelstorm

Well, if Obama is against unethical bankers, then he must be against Giannoulias -

NYT: “As Lender, Senate Candidate Impacted Bank Woes”
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/31/us/31cncgia.html

Sun Times: “Giannoulias admitted to most controversial bank loans” (Russian mobsters, Convicted Bookmakers)
http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/2021588,hoffman-giannoulias-bank-loans-013110.article


43 posted on 02/02/2010 8:27:49 PM PST by coaltrain
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To: Maelstorm
I have no idea why I'm getting WGN tonight here in PA.
Didn't understand most of the election numbers.
Was just amazed at how many bond issues and tax increases they were passing. I think I get it, more free stuff.
44 posted on 02/02/2010 8:28:49 PM PST by AGreatPer (Impeach Obama)
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To: PawtucketPatriot71

We won in Massachussets with a canidate running against Obamacare, against Cap and Trade, against gay marriage, and supported restrictions on abortion. Illinois is middle America and the Democrats have been self flagellating themselves with corruption and dirty politics and we couldn’t even get one outsider conservative across the finish line in the Senate or Governor’s race? That is a problem. If we are going to see real change we are going to need better coordination. Maybe Illinois is just nuts. I still remember how Steve Saurberg was treated when he was running against Durbin and he was no liberal. I swear I’m beginning to think conservatives in Illinois are nuts because the Rasmussen poll showed a big chunk going for Kirk and it looks like that is exactly what happenned tonight. Hardly a vote for change or liberty.


45 posted on 02/02/2010 8:29:16 PM PST by Maelstorm (We are umbilicaled to a parasitic beast that feeds off one man so to enslave another to dependency.)
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To: Maelstorm

Would take steam out of the movment? LOL Why don’t they check out Rubio and half a dozen other races. No, the movement never made this race a focus. Which is a shame.


46 posted on 02/02/2010 8:29:17 PM PST by Soul Seeker (?)
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To: Maelstorm

I am sick of uber lib baby killing Republicans described as “moderate”

We didn’t need this seat we picked our spots and Brown dealt a blow to ration care.


47 posted on 02/02/2010 8:29:23 PM PST by omega4179 (NOT TRUE.)
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To: Maelstorm

I don’t know, but Illinois is one f-uped up place.


48 posted on 02/02/2010 8:29:45 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: icwhatudo

Hell, he’s not even a Republican. WTH?


49 posted on 02/02/2010 8:30:58 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS ... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: Maelstorm

It might be better if the Dhimmicrat wins this one in the fall. At some point, we have to abandon RINOs if they are just so far gone that we can’t tell the difference between them and the commies. Cap and Trade? Good grief. Why not just vote to disband the US altogether and put the UN in charge.


50 posted on 02/02/2010 8:30:59 PM PST by PaleoBob
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