Friday, August 26, 2005

Winkel's Seat a Tier 1 Target?

An article in the Illinois Leader affirms the truth to which many downstate R's have yet to begin to reconcile themselves: Champaign County just ain't what it used to be. The one-time Republican bastion has decayed, evidenced in Winkel's narrow victory over Dan McCollum(then mayor of Champaign) in 2002.
Then rep. Tom Berns's loss to Jakobbson(I know this may be misspelled) in 2002 was another bad omen. (In 2000, Berns succeeded Tim Johnson in the Illinois House. Johnson was elected to the US House the same year.) Berns is considered another potential candidate for Winkel's seat.


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