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United States Senate election in Illinois, 2004

Election NameUnited States Senate election in Illinois, 2004
Previous ElectionUnited States Senate election in Illinois, 1998
Previous Year1998
Next ElectionUnited States Senate election in Illinois, 2010
Next Year2010
Election DateNovember 2, 2004
Nominee1Barack Obama
Party1Democratic Party (United States)
Popular Vote13,597,456
Nominee2Alan Keyes
Party2Republican Party (United States)
Popular Vote21,390,690
Map Image2004 Illinois Senate results.svg
Map Size100px
Map CaptionCounty results
TitleU.S. Senator
Before ElectionPeter Fitzgerald
Before PartyRepublican Party (United States)
After ElectionBarack Obama
After PartyDemocratic Party (United States)

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The 2004 United States Senate election in Illinois was held on November 2, 2004. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald decided to retire after one term. The Democratic and Republican primary elections were held in March, which included a total of 15 candidates who combined to spend a record total of over $60 million seeking the open seat. State Senator Barack Obama won the Democratic primary, as Jack Ryan won the Republican primary, but three months later Ryan announced his withdrawal from the race - four days after the Chicago Tribune persuaded a California court to release child custody records. Six weeks later, the Illinois Republican State Central Committee chose former Diplomat Alan Keyes to replace Ryan as the Republican candidate. The election was the first in which both major party candidates were African American. Obama's 43% margin of victory was the largest in the state history of U.S. Senate elections.

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