CHICAGO - As political eyes turn toward Illinois, National Review's A.J. Kritikos asks: "Could Republicans win back Illinois?"
His answer is yes.
"Don’t look now," writes Illinois resident Kritikos. "But Republicans are poised to take over President Obama’s home state of Illinois in November."
Reviewing the 2010 race between Gov. Pat Quinn and State Sen. Bill Brady, he writes:
But 2014 should be different than 2010. First, Quinn’s numbers now are worse than in 2010, and the distrust Illinoisans have for their public officials suggests there’ll be an anti-incumbent fever even stronger than there was in 2010. Bruce Rauner, the Republican gubernatorial nominee, is uniquely situated to take advantage of this situation. Rauner, for instance, has never run for public office before this race, unlike the Republican candidate in 2010 who had spent 15 years in the Illinois legislature.
And it looks good for not only the governor's race, Kritikos writes, but the possibility of gaining back several Congressional seats Illinois lost in 2012:
... In total, there are five congressional races in Illinois that should be pick–up opportunities for Republicans. Just one Republican incumbent faces a competitive race. In other words, the chances of returning Illinois’s congressional delegation to Republican control look good.