Published: Tue, November 08, 2016
USA | By Yvette Dunn

Kirk, Duckworth make final US Senate push in Chicago area

Kirk, Duckworth make final US Senate push in Chicago area

He's the stroke survivor who returned to Washington after a year of rehab determined to put people before his party. With a full campaign schedule Monday, Duckworth says she not taking her lead for granted.

The U.S. Senate race is one of the contests sending a lot of voters to the polls in IL.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth and Republican U.S. Sen.

Both candidates are disabled and have triumphed over adversity.

Kirk acknowledged he's trailing Duckworth, but is working to pull off an "upset".

Kirk ran multiple ads ripping Duckworth's record as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.

Kirk and Duckworth also tangled over issues like immigration. Kirk asked Duckworth whether she would agree to meet him the day after the election at the Billy Goat Tavern for a beer "to show IL families that we can bury the hatchet".

Duckworth, who was born in Thailand to a Chinese-Thai mother and American father, said her family had served the the military dating back to the Revolution.

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Indian government is threatening and blackmailing our diplomats. He was also asked to leave the country immediately. "This is under consideration".

The following day, the GOP senator offered an apology over Twitter, calling Duckworth "an American hero". Kirk pushed back on that characterization and noted his work with the African-American community.

On Sunday, Kirk plans to join fellow stroke survivors in climbing the stairs of Chicago's Willis Tower - something he's done four times since his 2012 stroke.

Kirk apologized the next day, amid criticism that the statement was offensive and racist. "I want to serve as the inspiration for over 300,000 stroke survivors in IL that while their lives have changed, recovery is achievable and they must never give up". Duckworth is counting on her Democratic base, specifically women.

"I will work with Donald Trump when his policies are for the good of the country, when they make sense and they're logical but I'm not going to be someone who's going to say I'm going to oppose everybody at every step of the way because we already have that and it's not working for the people of IL or the people of this great nation", Duckworth said. She says "we need to get to work on this".

Duckworth entered the race with some big advantages.

Kirk is trying to win a second term in a race that will help determine whether Republicans keep control of the Senate.

Kirk reported having just $576,000 cash on hand as of October 19, while Duckworth had about $2.5 million, according to a pre-election campaign finance filing.

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