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

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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