The 10th District of Illinois was considered a toss-up the day before the election. A suburb of Chicago, it was home to one of the nation's priciest and most competitive House races. While officially represented by a Republican, it went solidly to Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election.
Incumbent Mark Kirk (R), fought desperately to cling to his seat by touting a centrist platform throughout the race. Whereas, challenger Dan Seals (D), endorsed by President Obama, tried to paint Kirk as more closely tied to the Republican Party than he claimed.
Upsetting an incumbent is always a challenge, but Seals was not new to the political game. He nearly took Kirk's seat in the 2006 race in which Kirk was reelected with 53 percent of the vote. Seals took home 47 percent. Unfortunately, this election didn't fare any better for CGS' endorsed candidate Mr. Seals. Representative Mark Kirk earned the victory last night- winning 54% of the votes, while Seals only claimed 46%.
Although Dan Seals did not win this election as GlobalSolutions.org had hoped, all may not be lost with Mark Kirk. The Representative from Illinois' 10th District earned a moderate B- on our Congressional score card for voting against CGS positions on Health & Development, Development Aid, treatment of Detainees, and Intelligence Authorization bills. Perhaps the closeness of this election will serve as a motivating factor for Representative Kirk to improve his voting record on global issues.
In the term ahead, we will do our best to work with Mr. Kirk towards a better future.