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Illinois Governor's race 2010: Gov. Patrick Quinn and Bill Brady in tight race

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010; 5:34 PM

As November approaches Gov. Patrick Quinn looks to hold off challenge from Bill Brady for the governor's seat in Illinois. After Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) was removed from office by the Illinois Senate on Jan. 29, 2009, Patrick Quinn became governor. A year later, he won a bitter Democratic primary race to hold onto that job.

As WhoRunsGov explains:

The 60-year-old governor has gained popularity in recent years. Making veteran affairs his issue has helped. Without his normal fanfare, he's attended just about every funeral of Illinois servicemen and women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and helped veterans and their families secure rightful benefits.

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As the AP reports, Democrats are not keen to give up President Obama's home state without a fight:

Obama stumped in Illinois last week and Vice President Joe Biden was coming Tuesday to rally for Gov. Pat Quinn. First lady Michelle Obama will be here Wednesday to raise money for congressional Democrats and Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, who's in a tight race for her husband's old Senate seat.

"It says that we take this election very seriously," said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate. "History tells us that off-year elections are never kind to the president's party. This president and vice president and the leaders of our party are determined to make a difference in that outcome,"

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However Chris Cilizza reports the race could be slipping away from Democrats:

In Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn (D) is running behind state Sen. Bill Brady (R), while the Senate race between state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) and Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R) is a dead heat. A loss by Quinn or Giannoulias would bode poorly for the likes of Reps. Debbie Halvorson (D) and Phil Hare (D) and could endanger what should be a Democratic open-seat pickup in the 10th District.

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