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

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Black - Potential Candidate
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Red - Lost
Orange - Candidate has dropped out or is not running


Barack Obama - Democrat

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Barack Obama
Occupation State Senator - 13th District, Attorney
Company Miner, Barnhill and Galland
Age 41
Marital Status Married (wife, Michelle)
Ethnicity African American
Democrat for U.S. Senate 2004
P.O. Box 802799
Chicago, IL 60680-2799
Phone (312) 427-6300
Education Bachelor's degree, Columbia University; Graduate, Harvard Law
Notes Legislative assignments: Committees on Health & Human Services (Chairperson); Judiciary; Local Government; Welfare.

Supports new opportunities for charter schools and other innovative models.

A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard Law School, Obama earned the honor of being the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review and was a member of the Executive Board of the Black Law Students Association.

Senator Obama is an attorney with the firm Miner, Barnhill and Galland. He is also a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, where he teaches constitutional law.

Published a book in 1995 titled, "Dreams From My Father"

Endorsed by U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, D-Ill. An aide said Evans’ endorsement will come with lobbying calls to union officials and with help in raising money. It also likely will help the Chicago legislator with voters in downstate Illinois.

Jackson stated, "For those who wonder if I’m interested in filling Sen. Fitzgerald’s seat, I am not. I remain honored to serve the people of the 2nd Congressional District and strongly support Barack Obama for U.S. Senate."

In Obama's State Senate race of the $146,545 in donations of at least $200 Obama raised in Chicago, nearly 40 percent came from city ZIP codes that were at least 70 percent white in 1990, according to the census. About 18 percent came from ZIP codes that were at least 70 percent black.

One of his hero's was a Republican - Abraham Lincoln

Endorsed by Chicago Bear Chris Zorich, 33, who said it was his first political endorsement.

Unsuccessfully tried to unseat Rep. Bobby Rush, the South Side Democrat in 2000. The congressman trounced him 61 percent to 30 percent.


A Leap of Faith Open Link in New Window - Cached
Windy City Times - Obama Seeks U.S. Senate seat Open Link in New Window - Cached
Austin Weekly News: Back Barack, the best of the bunch for U.S. Senate Open Link in New Window - Cached
Frank talk about drug use in Obama's 'open book' - Bernard Schoenburg Column Open Link in New Window - Cached
Chicago Tribune: Obama lures some unions from Hynes Open Link in New Window - Cached
Policy council endorses Obama Open Link in New Window - Cached
Barack Obama Interview - Jeff Berkowitz Open Link in New Window - Cached
New poll shows Obama gaining among Dems in Senate race Open Link in New Window - Cached
Obama’s stand on issues - Chicago Defender Open Link in New Window - Cached
Illinois Senate candidate compared to Moseley Braun Open Link in New Window - Cached

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