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Huge victory for the Democrats tonight, as they take Denny Hastert's old seat, IL-14. The winner is Bill Foster, and, of course, he becomes our 795th superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention. And yes, he's supporting his fellow Illinoisan Obama.
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This is a red district. Former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert represented this district since 1987, winning reelection by huge margins.Update: Some have questioned whether there's a March 1 deadline to certify the superdelegates. There is, but changes can be made up until the convention starts. From the Call to the Convention, IV(c)(2)(a):
This district includes the city of Dixon, which is the birthplace of Ronald Reagan. This is a district that President Bush won twice, and in 2004 he received 56% of the vote. The NRCC poured over $1 million here to hold onto this seat -- nearly a third of its cash on hand....Republicans fought tooth and nail to keep this district, and they lost.
Members of Congress and Democratic Governors shall not be entitled to name a replacement. In the event of any changes or vacancies in a state’s Democratic congressional delegation following the official confirmation and prior to the commencement of the National Convention, the Secretary shall recognize only such changes as have been officially recognized by the Democratic Caucus of the United States House of Representatives or the Democratic Conference of the United States Senate. In the event of a change or vacancy in a state’s office of Governor following the official confirmation and prior to the commencement of the National Convention, the Secretary shall recognize only such changes as have been officially recognized by the Democratic Governors’ Association.As long as he (or any other new Democratic congressman) is sworn in before the convention starts, they'll be superdelegates.