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January 06, 2009

Kirk not running for governor in 2010

Mark Kirk, the Illinois congressman viewed as the Republicans’ best hope to win a statewide race, told the Chicago Tribune that he will not be running for governor of Illinois in 2010.

"It's so corrupt, so dirty, you wonder if you want to apply your life's work to it,” Kirk told the paper. "I'm more of a federal guy."

Kirk, however, continued to express interest in running for the Senate. He had been preparing to run if the state legislature called for a special election in 2009. But Illinois Democrats tabled such legislation and Blagojevich’s appointment of Roland Burris makes it unlikely there will be an off-year election.

If Kirk ran for the Senate in 2010, he would have to step down from the House. Kirk would be able to remain in the House if a special election was held in 2009.