05/27/2010 11:44 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Rod Blagojevich Trial: Will It Affect Voters In November?

The corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich begins next week. The Chicago Democrat insists he's innocent. Still, the drama is expected to last at least four months, keeping the allegations fresh in the minds of voters. It's an easy talking point for the state's Republicans. They've been lingering in obscurity the last few years thanks to election losses they blame, in part, on corruption linked to former GOP Governor George Ryan. We took a look at the Ryan effect, and whether, this year, Democrats should be worried.

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