GOP Rep. Mark Kirk Had Been 'Looking Hard' At Running For Obama Senate Seat

02/06/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

North Shore Republican Rep. Mark Kirk said today that he had been "looking hard" at running in a special election for the U.S. Senate seat held by President-elect Barack Obama before Democrats pulled the plug on the idea.

Kirk, who is entering his fifth term in Congress after a heavily contested fall race, also said he was not interested in making a run for Illinois governor in 2010.

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