Illinois Race Seen Key to Control of Senate Political observers are closely watching the race to win the Illinois Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Peter Fitzgerald. Many see Democratic candidate Barack Obama as his party's best chance to overturn the Republican majority in the Senate. If elected, Obama would become the third African-American senator since Reconstruction. Hear NPR's David Schaper.
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Illinois Race Seen Key to Control of Senate

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Illinois Race Seen Key to Control of Senate

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Political observers are closely watching the race to win the Illinois Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Peter Fitzgerald. Many see Democratic candidate Barack Obama as his party's best chance to overturn the Republican majority in the Senate. If elected, Obama would become the third African-American senator since Reconstruction. Hear NPR's David Schaper.

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