US Senate Race for Illinois - 2004

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Republican Candidates
Alan Keyes
Jack Ryan
John Borling
Dr. Chirinjeev Kathuria
Andy McKenna
Jim Oberweis
Steven Rauschenberger
Jonathan Wright
Antonio Davis-Fairman
John Cox
Patrick O'Malley
Jim Durkin

Democratic Candidates
Barack Obama
Gery Chico
Blair Hull
Estella Johnson-Hunt
Dan Hynes
Maria Pappas
Nancy Skinner
Joyce Washington
Frank Avila
Matt O'Shea
John Simmons

Color Codes:
Black - Potential Candidate
Green - Active Candidate
Red - Lost
Orange - Candidate has dropped out or is not running


Name Rank B/P* Age Notes
Dan Hynes 1 P 34 State Comptroller
Barack Obama 2 P 41 State Senator
Maria Pappas 3 P   Has won a tight elections
Blair Hull 4 B 61 Investment Broker, May spend $20 Million of own money
Gery Chico 5 BP 46 Chicago and Teacher Support
Matt O'Shea 5 P   Downstater

B - Businessperson
P - Politician

Sen. Jon Corzine, the 56-year-old former bond trader grew up in the small town of Willeys Station near Taylorville and attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. In 2000, he won a Senate seat in his adopted state of New Jersey after spending $62 million of his own money. He is the national Democratic figure charged with helping his party retake the U.S. Senate, and is betting on Illinois to push him over the top.

Dan Hynes is said to be in the lead position.  He has raised impressive amounts of money.  But still has not officially announced his candidacy, and his stance on the issues are sketchy.

Barack Obama has raised good amounts of money.  Is the leading African American in the race, is the only person with legislative experience, and seems to be running a good race.  He was dealt a fairly major blow when Bobby Rush endorsed and went to work for Blair Hull.  Obama had previously challenged Rush's seat in Congress.

Blair Hull seems to be running an excellent campaign.  And he should be, with a net worth of $500 million, and a pledge to spend up to $40 million in this race, no corners will be cut.  He has worked vigorously to gain downstate support.  John Simmons the only downstate candidate dropped out of the race early and has endorsed Hynes.  Hull has a very good website, at least four consulting firms working for him, and a good staff.  He has run the first ad campaigns, and blitzed the internet.  Putting ads in Chicago papers including print and internet editions, placing paid listings on Google, and utilizing  He has no experience, no track record, and many view him as trying to "buy" the election.  He started his company with shady blackjack earnings, which has turned off others. 

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