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  Lisa Madigan says no to Senate, Gov bid
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Last EditedCOSDem  Jul 08, 2009 10:08am
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News DateWednesday, July 8, 2009 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIllinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan -- who was mulling a possible Senate or gubernatorial bid in 2010 (and had been speaking with the Obama White House about these races) -- has instead decided to run for re-election, according to a Democratic official.

The news is a blow to the White House and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, since Madigan was widely viewed as the Democrats' top choice for Barack Obama's old Senate seat that's now filled by the embattled Roland Burris.

With Madigan's decision, the top possible Democratic contenders for the Senate seat are Chris Kennedy (Robert F. Kennedy's son) and state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias. Burris also may or may not run.

The Republicans top potential candidate is Illinois congressman Mark Kirk, but he has not yet decided whether he'll jump into the race.
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