Illinois Democrat Foster Wins House Seat Hastert
Added 2819 days ago in Opinion — Democrat Bill Foster won a special election for the Illinois U.S. House seat that former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert quit last year, giving Democrats an early, upset victory in their election-year bid to expand their majority.

Foster, a scientist and business owner, had 52.5 percent of the vote to Republican Jim Oberweis's 47.5 percent and was declared the winner by the Associated Press based on unofficial results tabulated by the wire service.

Analysts said the election is a sign that Republican losses are likely to continue this year, after the party lost control of the House and Senate in 2006.

``I don't think it means the end of the Republican party like some might say, but it means the worst is not over,'' said Nathan Gonzales, political editor of the Rothenberg Political Report in Washington.

Democrats said the result was a ``shock wave'' in advance of elections in November that will decide control of the White House, the House of Representatives and Senate.

``Bill Foster's victory in the seat that was held by Speaker Hastert sends a political shock wave across America this election year,'' said Representative Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. ``It is a stunning rejection of the Bush administration, its Republican allies, and presidential nominee John McCain.''

Posted by JoshMadison
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Posted 2819 days ago
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For now, but these trends change all the time.
Posted 2819 days ago
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This is very good, I think so. On CNN they say Obama helped Foster a little and appeared in a campaign ad for him while McCain helped Hastert.
Posted 2815 days ago
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It's hard to say - But I do know that individuals that i've talk to, want "CHANGE" Whether is sticks or not is anyones guess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted 2814 days ago
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Obama has coattails people
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