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Democrats Pick Up Ex-Speaker Hastert's Illinois Congressional Seat

David Kurtz:

Talking Points Memo | Dems Take Old Hastert Seat: The AP has called the race in the Illinois 14th for Democrat Bill Foster.... a 52-48 lead over big-spending GOP candidate Jim Oberweis. Think Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) is having fun yet as chairman of the NRCC?... In some ways it's the coda to the 2006 elections. But on the other hand, you've got a Democrat winning in a special election in a Republican district against a well-funded opponent untainted by scandal. So last hurrah of 2006 -- or prelude to 2008?