Already there’s a lot of speculation about who will replace now President-Elect Obama in the Senate. Since Governor Rod Blagojevich is a Democrat, Obama will probably be able to handpick his successor. According to TIME, these are some of the top contenders:

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., Obama’s former national campaign co-chair

Jesse White, former Illinois Secretary of State

Emil Jones Jr., recently retired former president of the Illinois state senate

The Washington Post adds a few more names:

Valerie Jarrett, A Chicago Businesswoman who is close to the Obamas

Tammy Duckworth, Illinois Director of Veterans Affairs

Lisa Madigan, Illinois Secretary of State

Jan Schakowsky, Representative from Illinois

What do ya’ll think?

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