The character assassination, vitriol, spin and bluster are nearly spent. On Tuesday, Nov. 6, we shall see a test. Question 1 is whether the gerrymandered 8th District will succeed in a win for the Democrats of "Madiganistan" (to quote a local scrivener).
Question 2 is whether voters shall retain first-term Congressman Joe Walsh and continue to appreciate his weekly constituent meetings or replace him with Illinois National Guard reserve Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth.
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It is said to be a close contest. If President Obama wins, Lt. Co. Duckworth could ride his coattails into Congress. If he loses, her close White House ties vanish and she may have to seek another career.