Friday | September 20, 2002
Illinois the next California?
Roll Call columnist Stuart Rothenberg argues that Illinois will join California as a Democratic Party stronghold. The coming Democratic tidalwave in the state is particularly surprising given the recent GOP dominance in the state, exemplified by a 26-year run of GOP governors. Yet, Dems are poised to sweep the vast majority of statewide races (with the possible exception of state treasurer), retake control of the state's legislature, and even notch an improbable win in the incumbent v. incumbent House race between Phelps (D) and Shimkus (R).
Some commentators in Illinois have argued that GOP senator Fitzgerald is welcoming the coming GOP slaughter -- it would make him the big fish in the state party. However, the situation in Illinois has gotten out of hand. Fitzgerald can no longer see this as a convenient way to eliminate political foes -- he has to start worrying about his waning chances in 2004.Posted September 20, 2002 07:55 AM | Comments (1)