This week, the State of Illinois concluded its primaries for its soon-to-be-open United States Senate Seat. This seat, President Obama's until he won the presidency, has gained infamy with former Illinois Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich's efforts to "sell" the seat to the highest bidder.
The race will feature five-term Republican Congressman Mark Kirk versus Democratic State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias. Kirk, who has ridden the wave of Conservative voter enthusiasm, easily won his primary by 37 points. His general election opponent, Democrat Giannoulias, struggled to find the same level of enthusiasm within his party ranks and merely earned the nomination by 5 percent of the vote. And it is now estimated that Kirk holds a powerful 3-to-1 advantage in cash on hand.
All eyes across the nation, especially those peering out from behind the blinds of the White House's political operation, are beginning to recognize that this race could become another Republican incursion into usually solid Blue State grounds -- especially a Blue State that is the home state to the sitting president. Just over four years ago, Barack Obama won this seat by the largest margin in Illinois Senate election history. Today, Democrats are struggling to keep it in their column.
But the opportunities don't stop in Illinois -- they are presenting themselves all across the nation. If Republican victories in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts weren't enough to evidence this growing national momentum against Democrats and their dangerous proposals, the very real opportunity now exists for Republicans to take back the United States Senate -- something that would have seemed inconceivable even a few months ago.
Senate races in Indiana, North Dakota, Arkansas, and even Connecticut, to name a few, have become competitive. In some cases, Republicans have taken extremely impressive leads. Even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid finds himself trailing several of his potential Republican opponents in early polling out of Nevada. According to a new poll commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, more than half of Nevadans are unhappy with Sen. Harry Reid. It's the worst "unfavorable" rating he's received in the newspaper's surveys for this election.