Roll Call – Ratings Change: Kirk’s Race Now Tilts to Democrats
At least a handful of GOP senators are vulnerable this election cycle, but none more than Mark S. Kirk of Illinois.
While Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania, Rob Portman of Ohio, and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire are headed for competitive re-election fights, Kirk looks to be facing the most difficult race of all.
Kirk has won difficult races in the past, but the Democratic presidential nominee next year is likely to win the Land of Lincoln by at least a dozen points (if not far more), and the senator will need to outperform the top of the ticket by a large margin.