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Obama: Win Leaves Illinois Senate Seat Empty

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Now that the presidential election is over, Democratic Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich must select a replacement for President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate, reports the Associated Press. Obama's term runs through January 2011. Blagojevich said he doesn't have a preferred candidate and that members of his senior staff will help examine those interested in the seat. Much consideration has focused on Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr., a Democrat who has said that he is extremely interested in the position. Also in the running are Representative Danny Davis and Representative Jan Schakowsky, who along with Jackson served as national cochairs of Obama's presidential campaign. The AP also stated that Blagojevich would like Obama's input, which would play a major role in his decision.

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