Media outlets are now predicting that Congressman Mark Kirk will be the next senator from Illinois. As it stands, the New York Times reports that Kirk has 48.4 percent of the vote, while Democrat Alexi Giannoulias has 46 percent, with 97 percent of precincts reporting. This might be the greatest gain for Republicans tonight: The last person to win this Senate seat was Barack Obama. Additionally, President Obama invested much time and energy -- especially in the weeks leading up to the election -- to helping his old basketball buddy Alexi Giannoulias try to gain this seat. But it did not matter enough to Illinois voters.
Giannoulias was a fatally flawed candidate. And it didn't help that the former governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, was caught allegedly selling the Senate seat -- and that his trial was held the summer before the election. Regardless, though, this one might hurt the president the most.