Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) struggled through his 2016 reelection campaign with an unfortunate superlative: “most endangered.” On Tuesday, Illinois voters made his chances officially extinct, opting instead for Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth.
Conservative blog RedState predicted Kirk’s demise back in March, saying “his voting record on conservative issues is atrocious.” Poll aggregator and analyst fivethirtyeight.com put Duckworth’s chances of winning at around 80% for most of the summer before more recent pushes by her campaign (not to mention an embarrassing debate gaff by Kirk), moved her up to a 97.2% chance by election day. AP called the race at 8:02 CST.
Duckworth has served in Illinois’s 8th congressional district since 2013. She doesn’t have a long history of agricultural policy positions, although she did address some recent hot-button farming issues at a Illinois Agricultural Legislative Roundtable this past August, including some thoughts on WOTUS.
“A farmer who is taking his cattle across a stream or doing some irrigation shouldn’t have to go and get a special permit in order to do that,” she noted. “That’s very different from safeguarding the water supply for the city of Chicago or for Peoria or for Bloomington. We need to have sensible regulations.”
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