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Speculation about Obama’s Senate replacement

President-elect Barack Obama said Thursday he will resign his Senate seat effective Sunday, and speculation turned to who will replace the Illinois Democrat.

Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, a Democrat, will appoint a replacement to fill the rest of Mr. Obama’s term, which expires in 2010.

The Washington Times reports that the top candidates to replace him are Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran and double amputee who now serves as the secretary of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs; Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., Illinois Democrat; Rep. Jan Schakowsky, also an Illinois Democrat; and Valerie Jarrett, a real estate CEO and close friend of the Obama family who is serving as co-chair of the Obama transition.

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