03/26/2015 04:02 pm ET Updated Mar 26, 2015

Rep. Tammy Duckworth Fundraising For Senate Bid: Report

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Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) is reportedly raising money for a potential challenge to Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) in 2016.

In a fundraising letter obtained by The Chicago Sun-Times, Duckworth asked for $1,000 donations from supporters and said that she knew she could beat Kirk, a first term senator whose seat is considered vulnerable.

“In an instant I’ll become a lighting rod for the right and all the special interest money they can pour in the race. My gut tells me I can beat these guys,” Duckworth said in the letter, according to the Sun-Times.

Duckworth, the first female Iraq combat veteran to win a Congressional seat, has been considering a bid since January. Kirk has said he is unconcerned about a challenge from Duckworth.

Former Republican Rep. Joe Walsh (Ill.), who Duckworth defeated in 2012, is also considering challenging Kirk for the seat. The Sun-Times also reported that Democratic Reps Bill Foster, Robin Kelly and Cheri Bustos are considering running.

H/T Chicago Sun-Times



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