by Ghost of John Brown
The non-partisan Cook Political Report (subscription required) says that Rep. Bill Foster is the most vulnerable House Democrat from Illinois and has declared the race to be a “Toss Up.” Cook has previously given Foster a slight advantage with a “Lean Democrat” designation.
Here’s what Cook’s House Editor David Wasserman wrote about the seat’s move towards the Republican column:
IL-14 Bill Foster - Lean D to Toss Up
Fallout from the Broadway Bank seizure may not just affect the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias but Democrats up and down the ballot in Illinois. There may be plenty of time for state Democrats to find a new standard-bearer and recover from this disastrous week, but one Democrat who was already in a tough race that won’t get any easier is Foster.
For Foster, who has never had to run a race against anyone other than deeply flawed dairy magnate Jim Oberweis, the slightest national breeze in the GOP’s favor is a severe threat. But to the extent that breeze gets stronger as a result of state Democrats’ troubles, Foster’s challenge of making this race about GOP state Sen. Randy Hultgren gets even more difficult, even with the aid of his personal checkbook.
Of all incumbent House Democrats in the state, Foster is currently the most vulnerable. This race moves to the Toss Up column.
November just can't come quick enough. Buh-bye Bill. Click here to help out a man who will represent the District instead of out of District liberals.
Follow Ghost of John Brown on Facebook.