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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/1007/Hastert_to_resign_early.html October 17, 2007 Read More: Campaigns Hastert to resign early Former Speaker Dennis
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      October 17, 2007
      Read More: Campaigns

      Hastert to resign early

      Former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) is expected to
      announce that he plans to leave the House later this
      year, setting up the widely anticipated prospect of a
      special election to replace him, Republican sources on
      Capitol Hill confirmed.

      Hastert initially planned to make an announcement
      Thursday, but has since scrapped that decision,
      according to one GOP aide. The former speaker, who
      announced his plans to retire over the summer, is
      still expected to leave the House some time in
      December, but the date of his departure - as well as
      his announcement - remains unclear.

      Hastert has been expected to announce his early
      resignation from the House at some point during the
      fall, but his move, which Roll Call first reported,
      still has an uncertain affect on the race to replace
      him.

      Republicans are already locked in a hard-fought
      primary. But Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich could
      fast-track that intramural contest in order to
      schedule the special on the same day as the state's
      Feb. 5 primary - when Illinois Sen. Barack Obama will
      be on the ballot in his bid for the Democratic
      presidential nomination.

      That latter scenario would give congressional
      Democrats - which Blagojevich once was - a major
      advantage in the special election to pick up a
      predominantly Republican seat because Democratic
      turnout is expected to be heavy in support of Obama.
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