Cook moves Ill. Senate race to ‘Lean Republican’ 

Charlie Cook has moved the Illinois Senate race between Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Republican Mark Kirk out of the toss-up column. The announcement comes three days after Giannoulias’s family bank failed:

Given recent events, it’s impossible to justify keeping the race in the Toss Up column. While current circumstances would seem to lend themselves to a rating of Likely Republican, we know that it’s entirely possible that we could well be dealt a different hand – and a very different race – a month or two from now. As such, the race moves to the Lean Republican column.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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