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U.S. Senator Durbin says he will run again in 2020

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin
Photo By Jeff McEvoy, U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON — Dick Durbin, the senior U.S. Senator from Illinois, has announced he would run for re-election in 2020, The Hill reported Thursday.

From The Hill:

Asked on CNN’s “New Day” whether he would run for reelection in 2020, Durbin replied that he would, adding that his response shouldn’t be taken “as a formal announcement.”

“What I’ve said is, I’m raising money and I’m trying to lose a few pounds, and that’s a good indicator that I’m looking forward to 2020,” Durbin told CNN’s John Berman.

Durbin, 74, would almost certainly coast to an easy reelection in Democratic-leaning Illinois. The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, currently puts Durbin’s reelection prospects in the “Solid Democrat” column.

He has won reelection by double digits since entering the Senate in 1997, and his post as the second highest-ranking Democrat in the chamber gives him a difficult-to-match political and fundraising platform.

His most recent federal filing from October showed his campaign committee with nearly $1.7 million in cash on hand.

Durbin was first elected the Senate in 1997. He was scored at 100 in the HRC’s 2018 Congressional Scorecard.

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