For One Senate Seat in Illinois, Two Elections on the Same Day

August 2, 2010  |  

(NYT) — In all the fuss over the Senate seat that President Obama left behind here, and whether it was offered up in a nefarious trade, some people demanded a clean start. Let the voters of Illinois elect someone to fill the vacancy.  The simple idea has been granted. But as only Illinois, and its topsy-turvy politics, might execute such things, the new election has been set for Nov. 2 — almost two years after Mr. Obama left the seat and on the very day that voters will also choose his permanent successor.

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