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03/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Republicans Welcome Vallas With Open Arms

Vallas is finding the doors to the struggling party wide open.

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna says the party should be open to Democrats who share his ideals of reform and fiscal responsibility.

"Our party is not going to have a litmus test in building a ticket," McKenna said.

Cook County GOP Chairman Lee Roupas called Vallas' move "a huge step for our party." And House Republican Leader Tom Cross called it "fantastic."

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