Daily Herald endorses former Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran for US Senate

Whether it is possible for a Republican to beat longtime U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Springfield in a general election in Illinois is hard to say.

Durbin’s what you might call a career politician who has run for the Senate four other times, and the best any Republican opponent has done is the 42.7% of the vote that State Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove garnered in 2014.

The last time Durbin ran in a presidential year, he amassed 67.8% of the vote in a landslide over little-known Steven Sauerberg, a doctor from LaGrange.

The race this year for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate includes five earnest but largely inconspicuous candidates.

A show of hands, please, if you can identify any of them without resorting quickly to Google. If you can’t, it probably says more about them, their campaign wherewithal and the state of the Republican Party in Illinois than it does about you.

Our endorsement goes to former Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran Jr., who has acknowledged the obvious publicly — that it will take something of a miracle to beat Durbin.

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