GOP Senate Candidates Down to Two: Keyes, Barthwell

By: Chicago - AP
By: Chicago - AP

State party chairwoman Judy Baar Topinka says Republicans will then choose between Alan Keyes and Andrea Grubb Barthwell.

The GOP candidate will take on Barack Obama, a state senator from Chicago and Democratic rising star.

Keyes is a two-time presidential candidate from Maryland. He's never lived in Illinois.

Barthwell is a former deputy drug czar in the Bush administration. She's a physician from the Chicago suburb of River Forest.

Republicans have struggled to find a replacement candidate since Jack Ryan dropped out over embarrassing allegations in his divorce records.

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