The 2010 election season kicked off today in President Obama's home state with an early primary which saw some interesting results and a surge of support for Republican candidates in the Democrat-dominated state. Although more Democrats voted overall, Republican turnout was within 10% of the Democratic turnout statewide.
Both major parties had close races for Governor. The Democrat contest could not be called for either incumbent Pat Quinn or challenger Daniel Hynes with only 1% of the ballots still to be counted. The Republican field had five candidates within a six-point spread, with Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard almost tied with 1% of the votes remaining. Liberty Republicans were disappointed to see Adam Andrzejewski finish 5th, despite a well funded campaign.
In the 14th Congressional District, Tea Party candidate Randy Hultgren upset Ethan Hastert, son of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, running for his father's seat. Hultgren won despite an online smear campaign from the SEIU, a tactic which may have backfired.
Another surprise winner was David Ratowitz in the Republican primary for Congressional District 5. Ratowitz is one of the most libertarian-leaning Republicans running this year, with backing from groups like the Republica Liberty Caucus and LibertySlate. He beat two conservative Republicans for a chance to run against incumbent Democrat Mike Quigley in the fall in a district which is mostly middle class Chicago suburbs and leans Democrat, but was held by a Republican during the mid 1990s.
In the Senate race for Barack Obama's former seat which is being vacated under a cloud of corruption by Roland Burris, Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Alexi Giannoulias won easy victories and will meet in what will be one of the races to watch in the fall.
Results from a special primary for Florida’s 19th Congressional District are not yet completely in. The next primary will be on March 2nd in Texas.Powered by Sidelines