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Winners and Losers from the Illinois primary

The Illinois primary on Tuesday is (almost) behind us. (Counting is still going on in the governor's race although it appears as though Gov. Pat Quinn will be the Democratic nominee and state Sen. Bill Brady will prevail on the Republican side.)

After spending the morning sifting and sorting, splicing and dicing the results from the primary that was, we have come up with some of the winners and losers from the night that might not be as obvious to the untrained eye.

Our nominees are below. Have some of your own? Offer them in the comments section below.

WINNERS

Insiders: Like it or not, the establishment won last night. Quinn, the sitting governor, beat back a serious challenge from state Comptroller Dan Hynes while state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias used his backing from labor -- among other traditional Democratic groups -- to roll up his margin downstate and secure the party's Senate nomination. On the Republican side, Rep. Mark Kirk was heavily courted to run by state and national GOP figures and, despite some unrest among the grassroots/tea partiers for his moderation on key issues, won 57 percent of the vote. This November may be the year of the outsider but that narrative took a step backwards last night.

AKPD/Anzalone-Liszt: The media consulting and polling firms, respectively, for Quinn managed to save the governor from himself. While Quinn started with the advantage of incumbency, he also began the race with almost no money in the bank. Then Quinn committed a massive unforced error -- acknowledging the accidental release of hundreds of prisoners from the state's jails -- that handed Hynes momentum he was struggling to find elsewhere. After finding a way to push back on Hynes' negative ads -- with a spot of their own raising questions about Burr Oak Cemetery -- Quinn's team, led, we're told by John Kupper of AKPD, made the critical decision to end on a positive note. The ad, which featured Quinn speaking directly to camera about his reform credentials, is being credited inside the campaign with delivering the win.

Republican state Senators: It was a very good day to be a GOP state senator with state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard (still) battling it out for the Republican gubernatorial nomination and state Sen. Randy Hultgren sending Ethan Hastert home with a defeat in the 14th district primary.

Perseverance: Dan Seals won the Democratic nomination in the 10th district for the third straight time last night, narrowly beating back a serious challenge from state Rep. Julie Hamos. The previous two cycles -- 2006 and 2008 -- Seals lost the general election to Kirk. With Kirk now gone, will Seals luck change?

Basketball Junkies: Giannoulias played college basketball at Boston University and then professionally in Greece. If -- and it's a big if -- he makes it to Washington in November, he will challenge South Dakota Sen. John Thune (R) for the title of best hoopster in the Senate. Of course, we hear the best baller in political Washington these days is Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a Harvard grad who played ball professionally in Australia. (His team name? The Launceston Ocelots. Awesome.)

LOSERS

Political dynasties: First, state Attorney General Lisa Madigan resisted White House entreaties to run for the Senate -- robbing national Democrats of their strongest candidate. Then, on Tuesday, Dan Hynes, the son of former Cook County powerhouse Thomas Hynes, came up short against Quinn, and Ethan Hastert, the youngest son of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, lost a primary in his dad's old 14th district.

Tea Party Movement: Illinois gave the tea partiers -- the semi-organized, anti-government movement on the conservative right -- a chance to prove that they could do more than just disrupt town halls. But, Patrick Hughes fell well short in the Senate race and Adam Andrzejewski, a darling of the movement, came in fifth in the Republican gubernatorial primary. The disappointing showing of the Tea Party won't dim the massive media coverage the group's first national convention, which begins tomorrow in Nashville, will receive, however.

Democratic state Representatives: Hamos came up short in the 10th district Democratic primary and state Rep. Beth Coulson who entered the 10th district GOP primary as a favorite only to finish well behind businessman Robert Dold on Tuesday.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 3, 2010; 1:01 PM ET
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Comments

@bwj: that O'Keefe piece of work looks like he's got acromegaly.

Wow what a loser. Visualize him the object of passionate interracial affection in the pen, 'cause sounds like he's fixin' t'spend a little time there. Brotherhood would probably punk him out for being such a tubular dweez.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 4, 2010 2:20 AM | Report abuse

Noacoler


I have a job

why don't you get a life?

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 4, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Hey 37th

WHY

DON'T


YOU


GET


A


JOB

Posted by: Noacoler | February 4, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


Is this your new McCarthyism?


You really don't understand anything I have said to you, do you?

What is wrong with you ????

You are not going to find a racist under every stone - and behind every legitimate opinion.

It is time to drop the silly remarks.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 4, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Guilty as charged, BB. :)

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 3, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

3_, what's up with James O'Keefe's (alleged) associates?

http://www.onepeoplesproject.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=309:hey-james-okeefe-about-that-white-racist-forum-you-attended-in-2006&catid=34:ye-olde-white-power-chopping-block

We don't get the impression that the O'Keefers are addressing tax reduction, good government, or the importance of the gold standard. Their focus seems to be a tad more, er, narrow...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 3, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe

I have to say, that you would never charge a collector with such a charge.

NO, instead you are only leveling that MasterCard charge against Visa users.

For that, I have to say, YOU ARE A RARIST.

You have no credit line for what you spend.

Now it is time for you to get out your Diner's card.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 3, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


Why don't you go to Salem Massachusetts and learn how they did witch trials, old school.

Seriously, you have got to be kidding.

You are so desperate to lynch a racist, you have lost all hope.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 3, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who like to say, "let's you and him fight!"

A properly placed and timed call to Rush or his surrogate, complaining, "Kirk and Brady? There are LOTS of yellow dogs who are better Republicans than either of 'em. Ryan is just Reid's sixtieth vote whenever he needs him!." Make it convincing, say thank you and megadittoes, and hang up.

Hoffman will move to Winetka in a heart beat.

Posted by: ceflynline | February 3, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

A view from the tea bags provided by the New York Times' legendary Frank Rich:

"Both Steele and Palin claim to be devotees of the tea party movement. “I’m a tea partier, I’m a town-haller, I’m a grass-roots-er” is how Steele put it in a recent radio interview, wet-kissing a market he hopes will buy his book. Palin has far more grandiose ambitions. She recently signed on as a speaker for the first Tea Party Convention, scheduled next month in Nashville — even though she had turned down a speaking invitation from the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, the traditional meet-and-greet for the right. The conservative conference doesn’t pay. The Tea Party Convention does. A blogger at Nashville Scene reported that Palin’s price for the event was $120,000."
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/17/opinion/17rich.html?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 3, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

3_, for all you do, this bud's for you.

An article on a story the MSM kinda missed: the (alleged) associations of James O'Keefe of Senate office break-in fame, allegedly...

http://trueslant.com/charlesjohnson/2010/02/03/james-okeefes-race-problem/

Maybe you can start an O'Keefe fan club, 3__.

Isn't it odd that most of the organized opposition to THIS President's administration (allegedly) has few, if any, degrees of separation from these notorious "civic groups."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 3, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Is 37th


SIMPLE

or SIMPLISTIC?

YOU MAKE THE CALL!


.

37th, wipe the spittle from your chin and take a walk. The air will do you good.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | February 3, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Losers: The Republican nominees. They beat T-partiers, and T-Partiers don't like it when less conservative Republicans get nominations that T-Partiers believe are theirs by tight. Watch for two sarah Palin revolts to put passed over T-People into the race as the True Republicans. It is going to be one very long, very mean, very nasty campaign. This is Freddy and Jason with Texas Chainsaws.

Posted by: ceflynline | February 3, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Winners in the Illinois election:

Too many people think Illinois is only one county....however, downstate made the difference for Giannoulias, Plummer, and Brady....and hopefully, Hynes...
Illinois is a big state and has over 100 counties...

Posted by: kewollin | February 3, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe

I have to say, that you would never charge a black person with such a charge.

NO, instead you are only leveling that false charge against white people.

For that, I have to say, YOU ARE A RACIST.


You have no basis for what you say.

Now it is time for you to go away.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 3, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

margaretmeyers


EXCEPT there is this little writing called the Constitution, which says "until the election" - which means Scott Brown is IN


I know you hate it.

You really really really reaally reaally hate it.

You wake up in the morning, and you still think a Kennedy is still in the Senate.

AND THEN ONE WORD COMES TO YOUR MIND.

Cosmo.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 3, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

As a progressive Dem and ex-Chicago resident, who recalls David Axelrod as a Trib reporter of dubious scruples, most of the above analysis of the 'Tea Party phenomenon' strikes me as silly caricature.

While I, too, dislike blow-hards and phonies like Bush Limbaugh and Dick Armey--may I point out that their ilk are self-appointed and media-anointed spokesmen for something way out of their partisan control.

Obama is now widely detested--but not because of his pretensions to Black-ness. But because Obama is a Harvard Man and a Wall Street Man who lied about being an advocate of the 'common man.' He has massively expanded the Bush-Paulson Wall Street bailout--including a killer 'health reform' that would greatly profit Wall Street's HMO insurance cartel--at the expense of many an American's life.

If Dems persist in cowering to Obama's Nero impersonation they will join Rush & Armey in the flames of the Inferno.

Posted by: bjerryberg | February 3, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

3_, don't make me get malis.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 3, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

37th, from yesterday's Boston Globe

"Massachusetts election officials had to wait until at least 10 days after the Jan. 19 election to allow overseas ballots to arrive. Those results have now been tallied and all but three communities – Salem, Springfield, and Westfield – have submitted final results to the secretary of state’s office. Those three are expected to have the final results turned in before the Governor’s Council meets Wednesday at noon.

There were about 1,900 ballots sent overseas, which won't alter the results but still must be tallied.

“We’ve followed the book on this,” Secretary of State William F. Galvin said in an interview. “We’ve proceeded as we would with any other election.”

After the Governor’s Council approves the results, it needs signatures from the governor and the secretary of state. The certificate will then be given to Brown and provided to the Secretary of the United States Senate.

If Brown wanted, he could fly down Wednesday or Thursday and be sworn in almost immediately. He has been planning, however, to have the ceremony on Feb. 11 and a spokesman, Felix Browne, said this afternoon that is still the plan."

STATE ELECTION LAWS OBSERVED,

BROWN CHOOSES TO WAIT!


LESS HEAT

MORE LIGHT,


please


.


Posted by: margaretmeyers | February 3, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

"Tea Party Movement: Illinois gave the tea partiers -- the semi-organized, anti-government movement on the conservative right..."

Stop right there.

Obviously we're glad to hear the tea bag candidate went nowhere, as it should be. However, many would disagree with the description of the tea bag party. IMO, few believe the baggers are motivated by their cover issues of "tax reform" and "small government." When interviewed the baggers have no views on "tax reform"; in fact they remain unaware BHO lowered ther taxes. And they probably get more from "big government," e.g., social security, medicaid, medicare, unemployment compensation, super highways, than anyone.

Most, again IMO, would agree with political commentator Janeane Garofalo's take on the baggers:

"Let's be very honest about what this is about. It's not about bashing Democrats. It's not about taxes. They have no idea what the Boston Tea Party was about," Garofalo opined, "They don't know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up.""

Straight up, Janeane...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 3, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Your idea of fun is to be a nuisance, freak

Posted by: Noacoler | February 3, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

You have to have a little fun sometimes.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 3, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Adam Andrzejewski "the darling of the movement" and for good reason.

Posted by: moonsabie | February 3, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

SEAT SCOTT BROWN


SEAT SCOTT BROWN


SEAT SCOTT BROWN


SEAT SCOTT BROWN


SEAT SCOTT BROWN.

The Constitution says "Until the Election."


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 3, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

37th

GET A JOB!!

GET A JOB!!

GET A JOB!!


GET A JOB!!


GET A JOB!!


And no I don't mean selling firecrackers and Xmas trees, I mean a *year round* JOB

Posted by: Noacoler | February 3, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

SEAT SCOTT BROWN


SEAT SCOTT BROWN

SEAT SCOTT BROWN

SEAT SCOTT BROWN

SEAT SCOTT BROWN.


The Constitution says "Until the Election."

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 3, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Neocolar


I have a job.

Sorry to dissappoint you.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 3, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be so quick to declare "Brady will prevail on the Republican side". As of 2:45 pm Dillard had gained 200 votes, putting their margin at 509 votes total.

And if Brady wins I would not write him off as "toast" in the general election like chi-town thinks. Like him or not, Brady ran a smart primary campaign with very little money. He let the front runners cannibalize each other, then did a huge push at the very end. And with the Republicans badly wanting that governership back, he'll have lots more money in the general campaign.

And lest we forget Blagojevich's trial is this year. Can't see that being a good thing for his two time running mate, Pat Quinn.

Posted by: Bruja | February 3, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

the guilt of falsely charging your client for work not accomplished can be assuaged by voting for light skinned negros and declaring undying affection for poor people.

==

my god you're one bent little unit

really glad I don't live in your head

Posted by: Noacoler | February 3, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

37th, if you're lucky you can get a job doing nothing all day. Like chrissy foxxy or berry obama.

the guilt of falsely charging your client for work not accomplished can be assuaged by voting for light skinned negros and declaring undying affection for poor people.

Posted by: drivl | February 3, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

37th

GET A JOB!!

GET A JOB!!

GET A JOB!!


GET A JOB!!


GET A JOB!!

Posted by: Noacoler | February 3, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

How much more spam from 37thandOstreet do we have to read? Give it a break, loser.

Posted by: MPersow | February 3, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

SEAT SCOTT BROWN

SEAT SCOTT BROWN


SEAT SCOTT BROWN


SEAT SCOTT BROWN


SEAT SCOTT BROWN.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 3, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

. . NEWS FLASH


THE DEMOCRATS ARE CONTINUING TO DENY THE PEOPLE OF MASSACHUSETTS THEIR PROPER REPRESENTATION IN THE US SENATE


The People of Massachusetts have sent their Senator to Washington and Harry Reid, Obama and the other democrats CONTINUE TO DISRESPECT THE PEOPLE OF MASSACHUSETTS by refusing to seat Scott Brown.


What is their problem??


The Constitution is clear - the term of the replacement is "until the election"


Anyone complaining about the Constitution should look into this.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 3, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

In the words of Yogi Berra, "It's not over 'til it's over." November is a long ways away, and a lot can happen (positive or negative) between now and November. So, we shall see what we shall see. People should remember that there is no free lunch. There was a budget surplus in 2000. Eight years of Republicans under Bush going on a binge financed by credit was like watching a drunk with a credit card. The same Congressmen wanting funding for pet projects were cutting the taxes that were needed for revenue. Like it or not, bills have to be paid, both public and private.

Posted by: FredinVicksburg | February 3, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

NOT SURE: LOW VOTER TURN-OUT


Not sure what to make of the low voter turn-out in Illinois. Massachusetts had massive turn-out a few weeks ago.


Perhaps Illinois was a primary - and the independents could not vote against the democrats -


And that lack of ability to cast a vote against the democrats resulted in a low-voter turn-out.

Maybe the nastiness of the campaign contributed to the low-voter turn-out.

It has to be Obama's fault somehow.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 3, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Loser:
Jim Edgar, especially if Dilliard loses to Bradley, but even if he squeezes in.

Normally, an endorsement from a squeeky-clean and well-liked ex-Governor of Illinois (two terms) would put a candidate over the top.

But this race has shown that Edgar's influence does not carry the weight it should. Perhaps this is because former Edgar associate George Ryan -- now serving time -- turned out to be dirty as hell.

Posted by: MikeK3 | February 3, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Winners will be IL voters who reject the criminal circus that the traditional IL dem thugs bring them.

Posted by: leapin | February 3, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

The other big winner is taxpayers. As far as I know, every winner last night signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Posted by: ryanleonardellis | February 3, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

"Another week Quinn would have lost..."

This can also be argued for Giannoulias and Kirk. To overlook all of this is incredibly naive. Giannoulias was the Republican's favorite to win because he will be so easy to beat. The Dems really think the next 9 months will make all Giannoulias's issues go away? More likely is that they will worsen.

Posted by: gckarcher | February 3, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Now the administration has begun systematically leaking to the press that he started talking again last week after FBI agents prevailed upon his family in Nigeria to convince him to cooperate.

Last week?! So, first of all: How many of his fellow terrorists have rolled up operations since Christmas Day and headed for the hills? They’ve skedaddled for sure. It’s a classic al-Qaeda tactic: hold out for as long as you can so your fellow terrorists can go underground.

But even worse is that someone in the administration is leaking this at all. How does it further our national-security interests to tell Abdulmutallab’s fellow terrorists overseas that he is informing on them? What would you do if you were one of those fellow terrorists? If you hadn’t already gone to ground, you sure would do so now.

If the administration believed it was important to reassure Congress that Abdulmutallab was cooperating, they should have done so in private in closed session with the Senate and House Intelligence Committees. This kind of sensitive information is shared all the time in that way. It is bad practice to tell the world that a terrorist has agreed to spill the beans on his fellow terrorists who are still walking around free overseas. That is, of course, unless the principal motivation is to try to save political hides at home, even at the expense of actually finding the terrorists Abdulmutallab worked with.

It will be interesting to find out what kind of deal Abdulmutallab has received in exchange for his “cooperation.” Less prison time? A room with a view? Who knows?

The CIA interrogation program disbanded by President Obama produced an enormous amount of intelligence from people like KSM, according to former CIA Director Hayden. KSM most assuredly did not get a deal for his cooperation.

Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.

Posted by: drivl | February 3, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Chris -

This ain't no Massachusetts. If you listen to the real pundit of Illinois. You will see this is a Democratic State.

And as much as I was pulling for Hoffman to get the nod. WE AREN'T BACKSTABBERS LIKE MASSACHUSETTS....WE DEMS ARE GOING TO COME OUT IN NOVEMBER AND PUT THIS KIRK GUY DOWN.....

THIS PRESIDENT CAME FROM ILLINOIS AND WE ARE PROUD OF HIM....

AND THE PEOPLE WILL REPLACE "THE PEOPLE SEAT" WITH ANOTHER DEMOCRAT!!!

HOWEVER, THIS GUY G (SOMETHING)WHO WON

WORD OF ADVICE....

DON'T TALK LIKE ILLINOIANS ARE DUMB AND CAN'T THINK OUTSIDE JOBS. EXPLAIN TOO US AS BEST AS YOU CAN THE PROBLEM WITH YOUR FAMILY BANKING BUSINESS...OR ELSE THIS WILL BITE YOU IN THE ARSE!

BUT THE DEM MACHINE IN ILLINOIS IS WAAAYYYY TO STRONG FOR A INDEPENDENT REVOLT TO COME STEALE THE DEM SEAT

MARK KIRK IS OBVIOUSLY LIKED BY CHRIS CILLIZA....HOWEVER....HE'S NOT THE VOTE IN ILLINOIS

Posted by: dove369 | February 3, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

. . NEWS FLASH

THE DEMOCRATS ARE CONTINUING TO DENY THE PEOPLE OF MASSACHUSETTS THEIR PROPER REPRESENTATION IN THE US SENATE

The People of Massachusetts have sent their Senator to Washington and Harry Reid, Obama and the other democrats CONTINUE TO DISRESPECT THE PEOPLE OF MASSACHUSETTS by refusing to seat Scott Brown.


What is their problem??

The Constitution is clear - the term of the replacement is "until the election"

Anyone complaining about the Constitution should look into this.


.


Posted by: 37thand0street | February 3, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

"Losers: Obama of course.

Just the notion that your old seat is in play and that the reason it may shift sides is rampant Dem corruption and widespread objection to the socialist measures taken is all you need to summarize berry's success in office.

Posted by: drivl | February 3, 2010 2:05 PM "

Obviously you have an axe to grind with Obama, but this comment makes absolutely no sense. It's like saying that President Andrew Johnson's impeachment was a repudiation of Abraham Lincoln's legacy.

If you're not from Illinois and you don't know any thing about it, keep your thoughts to yourself.

Posted by: simpleton1 | February 3, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Losers: Obama of course.

Just the notion that your old seat is in play and that the reason it may shift sides is rampant Dem corruption and widespread objection to the socialist measures taken is all you need to summarize berry's success in office.

Posted by: drivl | February 3, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

The other big winner, not named here, is Cook County. Thank God that Todd Stroger is, politically at least, toast.

Toni Preckwinkle won that race handily.

Posted by: chi-town | February 3, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Kirk is a long-time Washington incumbent and, with an anti-incumbent attitude this year, he could get hammered. We were shocked at how poorly he performed, thinking he'd get 80% plus against almost no opposition.

The governor's race will be interesting, once we decide who is to be in it. That could take 6 months. If it's Dillard, a Jim Edgar sort of Republican, he's a shoo-in. Even Dems like him. If it's Brady, Quinn keeps the seat. Illinois likes moderates, not extremists.

Posted by: chi-town | February 3, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

'The disappointing showing of the Tea Party won't dim the massive media coverage the group's first national convention, which begins tomorrow in Nashville, will receive, however.'

HUH? A bunch of nuts who have shown no ability to do anything but make loud noises and carry infantile signs -- who have lost every election they have participated in, will receive 'massive' media attnetion? WHY?

What is wrong with you people?

Posted by: drindl | February 3, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Stick to national politics, Chris. Everyone I've heard from who does IL politics has told me it's a little sad that Kirk only got 57% of the vote - especially when you consider how weak he was down south. His cap and trade vote WILL be an issue with his base.

Also, if this race had gone on for another week Quinn would have lost. Hynes closed really strong.

Posted by: bharatorot | February 3, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

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