Mark Kirk

Kirk Predicts ‘Upset’ In Illinois Senate Race
Vulnerable Republican senator faces strong challenge from Rep. Tammy Duckworth

Sen. Mark S. Kirk is predicting he can pull off an upset after numerous setbacks. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., said despite the uphill challenge he faces, he is predicting an “upset” win over Rep. Tammy Duckworth.

Kirk has been in one of the toughest races for a Republican this cycle in deep-blue Illinois. He won the seat in 2010 which had been held by President Barack Obama.

Democrats Pick Up First Seat, but Bayh Loses, Rubio Wins
Republicans say they are surprised things are this competitive given Trump, blue-state heavy map

Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Patrick J. Toomey has trailed his Democratic opponent Katie McGinty in 10 of the last 12 public polls. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Update: 8:38 p.m.

The first big result of the night (for Senate races) is in: Evan Bayh has lost his bid in Indiana to return to the Senate.

Heard on the Hill This Week: #HOHhalloween and Paul Ryan’s Musical Number

Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano looks at politicians’ best Halloween costumes this year, from Sen. Ted Cruz as the Phantom of the Opera to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney donning a Mitt Romney mask. And of course Rep. Marc Veasey, who went all out for his Halloween festivities at an amusement park in Texas, where he performed on stage as a Music Man-inspired zombie.

Also, hear a musical foray into the thoughts of Speaker Paul D. Ryan from “This American Life” and the songwriters of “Frozen,” performed by Neil Patrick Harris.

Kirk’s Latest Controversy Follows Other Questionable Comments
GOP senator made sarcastic remark about Duckworth’s ethnic heritage during Illinois debate

Critics pounced quickly on remarks Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., made Thursday about Democratic challenger Rep. Tammy Duckworth. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In just this election cycle alone, Mark S. Kirk has called Sen. Lindsey Graham a “bro with no ho,” suggested people drive faster through African-American neighborhoods, and said that Americans killed in a terrorist attack “should be laid at the feet of the Democratic caucus.”

And yet, on Thursday night, the Republican senator from Illinois made his most notorious comment yet.

Kirk Hits Back at Chicago Tribune in Op-Ed
Newspaper had cited his stroke as reason for not endorsing Illinois senator

Illinois Sen. Mark S. Kirk pushed back after the Chicago Tribune cited his health in their endorsement of his Democratic opponent, Rep. Tammy Duckworth. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo).

Illinois Sen. Mark S. Kirk has responded to the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board that cited his stroke as a reason not to endorse him last week.

The Tribune chose to endorse the Republican senator's opponent, Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth. While the editorial said Kirk's 2012 stroke was not disqualifying, “we cannot tiptoe around the issue of Kirk’s recovery and readiness.”

Kirk Campaign: Paper's Endorsement of Duckworth a 'Cheap Shot'
Chicago Tribune cites Kirk's recovery from stroke as reason to back challenger

Illinois Sen. Mark S. Kirk suffered a stroke in 2012. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Illinois Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk's campaign called the Chicago Tribune's citing of his stroke as a reason to endorse his challenger, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a "cheap shot."

"We are saddened to say we did not see that energetic, policy-driven Kirk when we met with him Oct. 3 for an endorsement interview," the newspaper editorial said. "While a stroke by no means disqualifies anyone from public office, we cannot tiptoe around the issue of Kirk's recovery and readiness."

Kirk Campaign: Told You So
Illinois Republican senator retracted his support of Trump in June

Sen. Mark Kirk called Trump "a malignant clown." (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Illinois Sen. Mark S. Kirk's campaign is taking a victory lap as fellow Republicans abandon GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Kirk retracted his support of Trump back in June after Trump accused a judge involved in a trial related to Trump University of bias because of his Mexican ancestry.

Trump-Kirk Feud Escalates
GOP nominee says Illinois senator is "not doing so well" in re-election race

Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk's campaign released a poll showing Kirk over-performing Donald Trump, the party's presidential nominee, by 13 points in Illinois. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Illinois Sen. Mark S. Kirk is the only Republican to rescind his endorsement of his party's presidential nominee Donald Trump, and Trump hasn't forgotten about it.

Trump told a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Thursday that Kirk was "not doing so well" but that it was "not his problem."

Poll Shows Duckworth With Larger Lead Over Kirk
New poll shows challenger with double-digit lead

Rep. Tammy Duckworth has led incumbent Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk by smaller margins in earlier polls. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk trails Democratic opponent Rep. Tammy Duckworth by double digits in a new poll.

Duckworth was supported by 48 percent of likely voters to Kirk's 34 percent in a poll conducted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.