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Kirk Keeps Republican Dreams Alive in 10th

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U.S. Rep Mark Kirk celebrates his victory with his wife Kimberly Vertolli-Kirk on Tuesday Nov. 4, 2008. (AP/Daily Herald, Daniel White)

Illinois Republicans found reason to celebrate in Chicago’s Northern suburbs. That’s where Congressman Mark Kirk retained his seat in the House.

KIRK: This was a model for how Republicans, I think, should run nationwide in a suburban district. Be a social moderate, fiscal conservative.

Kirk beat his opponent, Democrat Dan Seals, for the second election in a row with about 55 percent of the vote. Seals says his campaign got a huge boost from the national Democratic party, which made it one of the most competitive House seats in the country.

SEALS: It is certainly helpful to have more friends, to help get our message out. Yeah, that’s been great.

Kirk was one of three Republican incumbents in Chicago’s suburbs to hold on to his seat in Congress.

Listen to Kirk’s complete acceptance speech.

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