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  Obama congratulates Quinn, also calls Hynes on governor's contest
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Last EditedCOSDem  Feb 03, 2010 05:35pm
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News DateWednesday, February 3, 2010 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionPresident Barack Obama today made what the White House described as a congratulatory call to Gov. Pat Quinn for winning the close Democratic governor primary, also calling Comptroller Dan Hynes to talk about his campaign effort.

The news came at today's White House press briefing, where Bill Burton, the deputy press secretary, said he had not talked to Obama about whether the president supported what several Illinois Democrats have expressed privately — that Hynes should concede the contest due to Quinn's expanded lead.

Burton later confirmed that the president also called Hynes, the comptroller who once unsuccessfully challenged Obama in the 2004 Democratic U.S. Senate primary. Despite Hynes’ defeat, he was among the first to publicly suggest that Obama make a bid for the presidential nomination.
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