Chibama Politics

The primary was held yesterday in Illinois, and the Democrats made a great choice for a candidate to run for President Obama's old senate seat.
Alexi Giannoulias, a one-term state treasurer, became the Democratic nominee by holding off David Hoffman, a former Chicago City Hall corruption watchdog, and Cheryle Jackson, head of the Chicago Urban League, as well as questions about his family's struggling bank and problems with the state college-savings program his office managed. Mark Kirk, a five-term North Shore congressman who spent a decade building a reputation as a moderate, easily secured the GOP nomination by defeating a field of fellow Republicans who lacked any significant government or political experience but criticized him for shifting away from some moderate positions to win conservative votes.
Obama held the seat for upwards of four years, so it is naturally of huge sentimental, as well symbolic, import to the prez.