November 03, 2010
"Kirk Victory Could Shift Senate's Balance of Power in Lame Duck"
Roll Call offers this report, which begins: "Republican Rep. Mark Kirk, who won the Senate seat previously held by President Barack Obama in Illinois, will be one of three new Members sworn in to the chamber during the lame-duck session. While Democrats Chris Coons of Delaware and Gov. Joe Manchin of West Virginia were also elected to fill seats beginning in the lame duck, they are replacing Democratic appointees. Kirk's victory was an important GOP pickup and would shift the Senate's party balance in the upcoming work session, which is scheduled to begin the week of Nov. 15, if he is sworn in in time."