Franklin Gilliam, a political science professor at UCLA, talks about the historic dimensions of the Illinois Senate race. Illinois is expected to elect only the third African-American senator since Reconstruction. Gilliam talks about why Democratic candidate Barack Obama has attracted a national following. Hear Gilliam and NPR's Steve Inskeep.
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