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So, will Illinois be able to steal Iowa and New Hampshire’s presidential thunder?

February 8, 2011

November 5, 2011.

Mark it down on your calendar.    Three years and a day after President Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States, Illinois will hold a Republican presidential straw poll.

“We hope to bring the time and attention of the presidential candidates to Illinois,” Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) said in a release. “New Hampshire and Iowa should not have all the fun.”

No, they really shouldn’t.  Kudos to the Illinois Republican Party for coming up with the idea.   In still very blue Illinois, it might be the best opportunity for recently energized Illinois Republican voters to influence the 2012 presidential election. 

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