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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Illinois results

illinois_nov_4_2008.jpg This is a screen capture of the county results for Illinois for president from the map two posts back. From the drop-down menu, click on any state, then select, President, U.S. Senate, or U.S. House. A handful of counties still haven't turned in all their results.

As of about 12:30 a.m., on November 5, 2008, Barack Obama is showing 3,095,280 votes; John McCain has 1,927,240 votes; and others have 68,784 votes.

The U.S Senate race has Dick Durbin with 3,297,426; Steve Sauerburg has 1,441,190; surprisingly, Cathy Cummings has 111,113; and Larry Stafford has 47,123.

Illinois has 19 Congressional districts, which I haven't looked at yet since my U.S. Representative, Phil Hare, was unopposed.

Side note: Governor Rod Blagojevich now has the honor of appointing someone to fill the last two years of Barack Obama's senate term. I believe he must do this before January 2, 2009, or whenever the new Congress is sworn in. He has assembled a panel to field names for him. There is a lot of speculation about who he'll appoint. I have speculated that he will appoint Carol Moseley Braun to return to the same seat she lost in 1998. Some more level headed people are speculating he will appoint Tammy Duckworth. But, since there is a lot of cynicism about our governor, a lot of people are speculating that he will appoint himself. Whoever gets it, we can safely assume it will be a Democrat.

Posted by Marie at November 5, 2008 12:35 AM

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Can he legally appoint himself? I know this kind of scenario has been discussed in Alaska where convicted felon Ted Stevens looks like he'll win his re-election bid. But up there, I guess the governor, whoever it is, must call a special election to fill the seat.

Posted by: Dan at November 5, 2008 9:44 PM

The special election provision is set out in Article I, Section 1, of the U.S. Constitution.

http://www.rules.house.gov/archives/lph-congress.htm

So, yes, Rod and Sarah can appoint themselves.

It appears the governor of Minnesota appointed himself to take Walter Mondale's senate seat when he became vice president.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendell_Anderson

Now, I'm hearing Jesse Jackson, Jr., is a serious contender.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_Jackson_Jr.

Posted by: Marie at November 5, 2008 10:19 PM

Well, I guess I didn't say that right. There's a special election unless the state's legislature has conferred the appointment power on the governor.

Also, in the event of a U.S. Representative seat being vacated, there must be a special election. No appointments there.

Posted by: Marie at November 5, 2008 10:29 PM

From way out in left field...

My secretary's last name is Duckworth. What kind of name is that?
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Posted by: Kem White Author Profile Page at November 6, 2008 9:12 AM

Good question, and I don't know. Perhaps they came from a line of duck farmers, or herders, or something. Not sure.

Posted by: Marie at November 6, 2008 12:38 PM

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