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Illinois 10th District


Mark Kirk*

Mark Kirk* (R)*

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Dan Seals

Dan Seals (D)

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Illinois Snapshot

RCP Senate Ranking: Toss Up

Senate Race: Durbin (D)* vs. Sauerberg (R)
Presidential Race:
Obama (D) vs. McCain (R)
Competitive House Races: IL-10
| IL-11

Key 2006 State Races: Governor | IL-6 | IL-8

2004 President: Kerry (D) vs. Bush (R)

Polling Data

PollDateSampleKirk (R)Seals (D)Spread
Daily Kos/R200010/20 - 10/22LV4349Seals +6
SurveyUSA10/4 - 10/5623 LV4452Seals +8
Daily Kos/R20009/30 - 10/1LV4438Kirk +6

Race Summary

Rep. Mark Kirk should probably be in worse shape than he is, but the four-term moderate Republican -- in a suburban Chicago district John Kerry won by 6 points but with soft party preferences -- has significantly outraised rerun candidate Dan Seals (D). Still, Seals has an excellent ground game and could feel the positive effects of Obama’s lengthy coattails north of the Democratic presidential nominee's home city.

Previous Election Results

2006: Kirk 53, Seals 47
2004: Kirk 64, Goodman 36

2004: Kerry 53, Bush 47
2000: Gore 51, Bush 47