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Mark Kirk Goes to War for Bob Dold in Battleground 10th District

With Election Day fast approaching, the Republican congressional candidate enlists a popular ally to rally the base.

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    U.S. Senator Mark Kirk survived a stroke.

    Rolling in Michael Bloomberg's super PAC money, 10th-district congressional candidate Bob Dold has refashioned himself an independent-minded Republican who's fiscally conservative yet socially moderate—better to appeal to this affluent segment of voters on Chicago's North Shore. His biggest ally there: U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a moderate GOP-er with a solid reputation in those tony suburbs, which otherwise lean Democratic.

    Earlier this month, Kirk appeared in a pro-Dold ad singing his fellow independent's praises as a counterpoint to incumbent Democrat Rep. Brad Schneider's efforts to exploit negative connotations of the GOP as stubbornly retro. (Schneider could have just hired Rand Paul to talk smack on his behalf.)

    With Election Day fast approaching, Dold—locked in a toss-up race against Schneider to reclaim the seat he lost in 2012—is recruiting Kirk to get out the vote at a rally at the Lincolnshire Marriott on Saturday, reports the Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet.

    The senator will also be on hand to plug Bruce Rauner, the Republican governor candidate, at another rally in the district Monday night, giving a potential "boost to Dold," writes Sweet.

    Since Rauner is so fond of robo-calls, Kirk accepted an assignment to annoy Republican voters with a reminder to hit the polls Tuesday. He declared: "Bruce Rauner has an economic agenda not a social one. He’s a fiscal conservative and a social moderate just like me. He’s just the kind of governor we need who will turn this state around."

    That sounds nearly identical to this:

    This would have worked better had Dold worn a T-shirt that said "I'm Like Him" to Kirk's "He's Like Me." Adorable!