Saturday, March 08, 2008

Democrat Foster Wins Hastert's IL 14th Seat

That is the outcome of the story about the fact a story exists, Denny Hastert's seat has gone to a Democrat in the special election. Bill Foster, particle physicist Democrat, beats Republican Jim Oberweis, who had the backing of Hastert and McBush-er-McCain with 52-48 margin; 556 of 568 precincts reporting.

The changing demographics of the area played a role, but this has been former House Speaker Denny Hastert's safe seat since 1987 and a simple matter of demographics and lack of incumbency aren't enough. This shows the growing Democratic strength and the power of backing from someone like Obama. Foster did not have a reputation as either an inspiring orator nor did he have a political background.

I'm willing to bet there are some Republican strategists with stained drawers tonight. Congratulations from Oregon, Bill Foster.

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