The Coattails of Barack Obama And More Signs Of Bad Mojo For The GOP

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So, former speaker Dennis Hastert's seat, in one of the redder districts in the country, with his hand-picked succesor as the candidate, is now in the hands of a Democrat - who received a last minute endorsement and commercial from Barack Obama.

In a stunning upset Saturday that could be a sign of trouble for Republicans this fall, a little-known Democratic physicist won the special election for a far west suburban congressional seat long held by former GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

Rookie candidate Bill Foster scored a comfortable victory over Republican dairyman Jim Oberweis, who lost his fourth high-profile contest in six years, after an expensive and highly negative contest.

Foster had 53 percent to Oberweis' 47 percent with all of the unofficial vote counted.

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