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January 15, 2009

Schakowsky open to challenging Burris

Illinois Sen. Roland Burris, just hours into his swearing-in, is finding he may already have a Democratic opponent if he runs for election in 2010, per my colleague Manu Raju:

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) is open to running against Roland Burris in 2010, potentially setting up a contested Democratic primary for the scandal-tainted Illinois Senate seat.

Schakowsky, leaving the Burris swearing-in ceremony Thursday, told Politico that "time will tell" on whether she'd run or not. Asked whether she was ruling a run in or out, she said "No."

Burris has not said whether he'd run in 2010, and some Democrats are reluctant to support him given that he's been appointed by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojecich, who has been accused of corruption.

Schakowsky had previously said she would run in any special election, if one was held to fill the once-vacant Senate seat.

Meanwhile, the Cook Political Report has changed its rating for the Illinois race to its most-competitive “toss-up” category.  That's the first Democratic-held seat listed as a toss-up this election cycle (and to my recollection, all of last cycle as well).