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Burris Won’t Run in 2010

Updated: 6:48 p.m.Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) will announce Friday that he will not seek election to a full term in 2010, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.Burris’ office issued a press release Thursday evening saying the Senator would make a “major announcement— Friday during a scheduled speech at the Chicago South Loop Hotel. However, his spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.Burris’ decision is likely based on his inability to raise the millions of dollars necessary to run a statewide campaign, the Sun-Times reported. His fundraising report for this year is expected to show only about $20,000 raised, the newspaper added.Since he was appointed in December to fill the seat of President Barack Obama, Burris has been a political pariah for accepting the job from disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), who has since been impeached and indicted for trying to sell Obama’s seat for campaign cash and political favors, among other things.Rep. Mark Kirk (R) has told supporters that he plans to run for the seat, while Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, one of the Democrats best hopes for the race, has decided to run for re-election and will not run for Senate or governor next year.National and state Republicans are expected to quickly coalesce behind Kirk once he officially announces. Democrats, meanwhile, appear headed toward a bloody primary fight, which already includes state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Jackson. Plus, businessman Chris Kennedy is expected to enter the race in the coming weeks.