Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Morning Edition Looks at Obama's Sentate Race

Two stories from NPR's Morning Edition:
Barack Obama is running for one of Illinois' U.S. Senate seats, but he has spent much of the campaign season stumping for Sen. John Kerry and other candidates outside his state. Following his keynote address at the DNC in Boston, Obama has traveled to many of the battleground states -- and is a big money raiser for Democrats.


Franklin Gilliam, a political science professor at UCLA, talks about the historic dimensions of the Illinois Senate race. Illinois is expected to elect only the third African-American senator since Reconstruction. Gilliam talks about why Democratic candidate Barack Obama has attracted a national following.

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