Schakowsky Nixes Senate Bid

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) has decided not to run for Senate in 2010, according to an announcement from her campaign. Schakowsky said Monday that she will run for re-election in her northern Chicago district instead of competing for the seat currently held by Sen. Rolland Burris (D-Ill.). In an online video from her campaign, Schakowsky said that based on polling and her travels around the state, she “would have had a very strong chance of winning the Senate race.— The five-term Democrat said, however, that a statewide bid would have made her “divert too much time and energy— to fundraising.“I feel confident that I could raise the $10 million dollars needed for a primary race — and the $16 million-plus needed for a general election campaign — but to do it I would have to become a telemarketer five to six hours each day,— she said. Even with Schakowsky out of the race, Senate Democrats are likely to have a competitive primary on their hands next year. Although state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) is the only announced candidate in the race so far, several other Democrats — including state Attorney General Lisa Madigan and businessman Chris Kennedy — are still mulling bids. Madigan is also weighing a bid for governor next year and is viewed as more likely to seek that post at this point. Kennedy, a son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.), is considered likely to enter the Senate race. What’s more, Burris himself has yet to announce whether he will run for a full term, although many Illinois political operatives doubt he will do so. Rep. Mark Kirk (Ill.) is the most prominent Republican publicly considering running for the seat.

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