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Kittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:31 PM
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Coattails in IL-14 (Hastert) - GO FOSTER GO!
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 09:03 PM by Kittycat
Obama helped Foster campaign here with ads, mailers, and calls. I know it's helped make an impact in IL-14 (Hastert's old seat). The race is a nail biter between Oberweis - AKA Milk Nazi & Bill Foster. This was a hard faught race here, and a lot of money had to be poured in, along with support from leading politicians. We have to go through this all over again this fall - so keep that in mind. The more our party fractures, and the more negative HRC goes, it can and will impact these down ticket races. We need coattails to take back these seats. It doesn't matter who you support, the Kitchen Sink needs to be re-installed, and welded down to the countertop.

Our results are coming in now. Here is where we stand...
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/index.htm...

99% Reporting
Name Party Votes Vote %
Foster , Bill Dem 50,947 52%
Oberweis , Jim GOP 46,125 48%

ETA: Special thanks also goes to Durbin & all the great volunteers that I know worked their backsides off canvassing, making calls, etc. I know on every level this was a joint effort to promote a great candidate. It just goes to show though, how important it is to keep things clean to ensure these seats come fall. Thanks also to John Laesch, whom I believe really helped set the groundwork when Hastert ran last go around.
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GrantDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:32 PM
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1. Go Foster!!!!!
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FARAFIELD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:33 PM
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3. 74% IN its still 53% For Foster (our guy)
And geeze could the repuke look anything MORE like Hastert without glasses, god where did they find him?
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FARAFIELD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:37 PM
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13. 79%NOW still 53% our guy
woo hoo
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FARAFIELD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:43 PM
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20. 88% in still 53% our guy
Yippeee
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CalGator Donating Member (517 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:48 PM
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28. Now 94%. I think it is technically over at this point.
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CalGator Donating Member (517 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:44 PM
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23. 88% reporting, still 6-point lead for Foster
:woohoo:

It would take a big surge to overturn this Dem win with only 12% left to report.
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Kittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:49 PM
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30. 94% - 53/47 - GO FOSTER!
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NJSecularist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:08 PM
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44. dp
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 09:09 PM by NJSecularist
dp
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GrantDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:33 PM
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Holding the lead
Illinois - 423 of 568 Precincts Reporting - 74%
Name Party Votes Vote %
Foster , Bill Dem 40,395 53%
Oberweis , Jim GOP 35,895 47%

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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:33 PM
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2. Wow! That's a very red district too!
Keep us posted!
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MadBadger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:33 PM
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4. What happens with the winner? Do they have the seat?
If so, do they have it until November's election?
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sharp_stick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:36 PM
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7. Yes that's exactly it
Whoever wins this will have to contest it again in November. If Foster can do well here he has to bust his ass until November.
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Kittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:36 PM
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8. Yes, they have it for now - then re-elect for November.
On 2/5, we had to vote for a special election ticket & regular election ticket for this fall. Foster won the Dem party ticket, and everyone out here has worked their tails off. I am truly impressed at how well they canvassed. I only wish they would have had more signage in our part of he district - because oberweis is everywhere with signs and of course his ice cream/milk shops on every other block.
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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:36 PM
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9. The winner today is the Congressman until November
when the same two people will run against each other again.
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BeatleBoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:33 PM
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5. Coattails ???
More like "we're sick of Hastert"

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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:37 PM
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12. Of course It's all about Obama
Just like with Clinton voters it's allaout HRC

It can't be that people were voting for Foster because Hastert was such a loser
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Kittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:38 PM
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14. Hastert Resigned.
This is a deathly red district, to think that this was any simple task is just not giving credit where it's due.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:53 PM
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39. Hastert was not running
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Tarheel_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:35 PM
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6. OMG Kittycat, can it be?
The GOP has to be crapping their pants at the sight of this. If Foster pulls it out, this is only a precursor of things to come. And you're right about the proverbial kitchen sink.
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wellstone dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:37 PM
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10. This is outstanding
and making my day!
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Tatiana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:37 PM
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11. Those radio ads Obama did for Foster were awesome! Heard several on talk radio. n/t
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Saturday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:38 PM
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15. Come on Kittycat, I'm in the 14th and received 1 robo call from Obama.
So let's not give a Foster's possible win credit to Obama. Foster was a good candidate and I got a zillion mailers from him along with the endorsement from Durbin.
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Kittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:42 PM
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19. Call, Mailers & Commercials here. - edited to add...
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 08:44 PM by Kittycat
I'm not saying it was solely because of Obama, and you're right - Durbin deserves credit as well. Durbin was also on Kos the other night reminding us to vote and do our part to help. I'm saying that I think it helped lend credibility to the campaign to have positive leaders out there supporting him.

ETA: And we received several - SEVERAL calls (live and robo) from the campaign since we're on the Dem list. I know the volunteers also worked hard. The point is, if we tarnish our own candidates from within the party - it cuts those opportunities to help, off.
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Saturday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:50 PM
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33. Well the first 2 sentences of your post certainly imply Obama got him the win.
And it's not true at all. Foster was a great candidate and won because of that NOT because Obama supported him.
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Kittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:53 PM
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40. No, it's says it helped.
If it wasn't going to of any help - then there wouldn't have been any need for it. I don't dispute Foster was a great candidate.
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Kittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:39 PM
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16. ALSO NOTE>>> This Gives Us One More SuperDelegate if Foster Wins!
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MadBadger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:44 PM
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21. You sure about that?
wouldnt that change the number to something other than 2025?
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Kittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:45 PM
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24. No. the number is apparently at 2024 I think?
There were some issues with losing a delegate recently, so it would be replacing it.
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TAWS Donating Member (312 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:45 PM
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25. I'm pretty sure he would become a superdelegate but I am confused if the 2025 needed goes up
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 08:45 PM by TAWS
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:41 PM
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17. Hah!
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Tatiana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:42 PM
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18. Heh. Rethugs will have pissed away $1.2+million on this race. n/t
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FARAFIELD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:44 PM
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22. I know and they didnt
Even have that much money, damn now there are stuck with the same guy in NOV.
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Kittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:48 PM
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27. Credit also to Laesch.
I don't think we would be here today, if he hadn't laid the groundwork to get people thinking outside of the box. With almost no money, he took Hastert to task... Just think if he would have had money when his campaign was running. It was a near tie between laesch & foster this go around.
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Tatiana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:49 PM
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29. Yep, that's on top of the RNC's missing $$$ that the FBI is investigating.
The only thing that keeps me in good spirits these days when I think about our party chaos is that the Rethugs are in much worse shape as a party.

Across the country the people are starting to repudiate their brand of politics and governance. IL-14 is a very conservative district. The fact that the voters (that voted for Hasty over and over) wouldn't vote for the "R" in the race is very telling.
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Dudley_DUright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:49 PM
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31. Reportedly they spent about 1/3 of their cash on hand in this race
to no avail. Nice!
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NJSecularist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:49 PM
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32. Can they run a different guy in November?
Has Oberweis ever won a political race?

But by all means, put him on the ballot in the Fall, GOP. :)
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Kittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:59 PM
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42. No. Well, maybe they could, but Oberweis is on the ballot in November.
I think this is crucial, because it opens Foster up for any criticism. Oberweis ran a sleezy "kitchen sink" campaign. Anything he could throw him or exaggerate, even lie - to see what would stick, was done. This fall, they're going to have to work even harder, IMO. I worked on my neighbors, but hope to be able to phone bank next time around. I tried to get a list to make calls from home (like you can do for Obama), but they weren't able to accommodate that this time. With two little boys, it's hard for me to break away without a sitter.
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:46 PM
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26. I am SO loving this!
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JackBeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:51 PM
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34. Let the Dennis=Turkish bribes investigation begin.
Thanks DUer "statesecrets".
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catgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:52 PM
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35. He won!!! Woo hoo!!

More good news today!
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Monty__ Donating Member (352 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:52 PM
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36. Beacon News just called it for Foster
with 96% reporting....52-48%.
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GrantDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:53 PM
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37. Foster won!!!
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:53 PM
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38. AP reports Foster has won!
GOFoster!

GOBama!
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NJSecularist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:58 PM
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41. It looks like Oberweis got a decent bump in some of the last precincts to report
But not enough to cut into Foster's lead. A very good win. Now we need to defend it in November.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:02 PM
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43. Possible ethics violation, $1 million spent and a loss = the GOP sucks!
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Kittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:14 PM
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45. God I love you - especially tonight.
And the celebratory wine has nothing to do with it :rofl:
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:41 PM
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46. LOL! n/t
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