Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the three-term Democrat up for re-election in 2014, outdid President-to-be Barack Obama in his own adoptive
neighborhood in 2008. Obama got the nod from 63% of Illinois voters; Durbin earned a 69% share. Now seeking a fourth
term, Durbin will enjoy another easy path to back to Washington.
Republicans have a tough time in the Land of Lincoln. They can occasionally engineer competitive contests in statewide
election, but the 2014 Illinois Senate Race will not be close. Instead, GOP heavy hitters are deciding to jump into the race against
embattled Governor Pat Quinn rather than trying to topple an Illinois stalwart in Senator Durbin.
Of the Republicans who are willing to play the prohibitive underdog in the Senate race, Illinois State Senator Jim Oberweis appears
poised to win the GOP nomination. In a Public Policy Polling survey taken just before Thanksgiving, Oberweis claimed support from
43% of those polled. His nearest competitior could muster just 7%. But it doesn't matter who gets to carry the GOP
banner; Durbin is a shoo-in.
Preliminary projection: Solid DEM Hold
You can track this race throughout the 2014 election season here at Election Projection by visiting the Illinois Senate Election
page for polls, projections and updates. Also, check out the 2014 Senate Elections page for a summary of all Senate races on tap
in 2014 complete with EP's colorful red and blue Senate map.
posted by Scott Elliott at 10:35pm 12/05/13 :: link