Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is challenging Sen. Mark Kirk for his Senate seat in a race that currently favors the Democratic candidate.
The writing has been on the wall for some time. For two years in a row, The Hill has described Kirk’s as one of the most vulnerable seats in the Senate. And Kirk did not do himself any favors at a recent debate when he coarsely (and erroneously) mocked her heritage.
“I forgot that your parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington,” Kirk quipped. (Duckworth has ancestors on her father’s side going back to the Revolution; her mother is an immigrant from Thailand.) He later apologized.
Duckworth is a veteran of the Iraq War, a U.S. Army helicopter pilot who lost both her legs. The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) once tweeted that she had a “sad record of not standing up for our veterans.”
As of Monday evening, FiveThirtyEight gave Duckworth a 97% chance of winning. The RealClearPolitics average of recent polls gave her a 13.3-point lead in the penultimate week of the election cycle.
Tammy Duckworth has been called the winner.
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