Obama Hedges On Illinois Special Election

01/16/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Barack Obama today skirted a question about whether there should be a special election in Illinois to replace him in the United States Senate.

Many in Illinois have been calling for a special election, saying that any appointment by Gov. Rod Blagojevich would be tainted. But some Democrats may be backing off that idea now, apparently worried that a Democrat would not be able to hold the seat in this political climate.

Mr. Obama, speaking at a brief news conference in Chicago, where he introduced Arne Duncan as his choice for education secretary, said he would leave the decision up to the state legislature.

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