By nearly every measure, the GOP had a big night on Tuesday. But what about things closer to home? Who were the big winners and losers in Illinois?
That's where things get much more interesting. In the Land of Lincoln, Obama, and Blagojevich, outcomes both confirmed and defied national trends. And even though votes are still being counted in two key races - Governor and the 8th U.S. Congressional District - a mixed picture of winners and losers is beginning to emerge.
Here's how it looks:
Cook County Democratic Party: Lost amidst all the attention paid to Republican successes locally and nationally was the fact that the Cook County Democratic Party "got it done" when it counted last night. Despite the bruised egos that came with the loss of the U.S.