Mar 17, 2004
IL-08 Race Update: Melissa Bean
Melissa Bean (D-IL) won her primary in Illinois-08 last night. She got 78% of the vote, showing that she will be a strong challenger for GOP Rep. Phil Crane.
In fact, Bean is already a hardened campaigner, having won an impressive 43% against Crane in 2002 - with limited resources! Bean’s campaign is already thriving. She has raised over $150,000 - five times the amount she raised at this point last cycle.
Not only is she a great candidate in a very winnable race (CQ has moved it into the “competitive” category), but she is getting a lot of love online.
ArchPundit has more on Bean and the other IL races here.
Mr. Liberal at Daily Kos has some more info about her.