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Burris Won’t Run in 2010

Roland Burris, the scandal-plagued accidental senator from Illinois, will not seek his own term in the Senate. The Chicago Sun-Times has the scoop:

The decision by Burris was based on his inability to raise campaign funds; campaign disclosures with the Federal Election Commission are expected to be filed next week … and he has reportedly only raised approximately $20,000

This prevents a scenario that some Illinois Democrats had worried about—an ugly, race-baiting March 2010 primary, where the badly under-funded Burris might have gone down swinging against Treasurer Alexi Giannoulis or businessman Chris Kennedy, alienating black voters that the eventual nominee will need to defeat the likely Republican nominee, Rep. Mark Kirk. And it frees the White House from the awkward decision to throw one of its reliable allies/rubber stamps in the Senate under the proverbial bus. (This was already happening behind the seats as the White House courted other candidates to run.)

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