Illinois residents overwhelmingly (66%) want a special election to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat, but the Democrat pooh-bahs won't give it to them. That would be the only way the Democrats could lose the seat. A centrist GOP candidate like Congressman Mark Kirk might actually ride a wave of throw-the-bums-out sentiment to win a special election.
The nation now understands that Illinois politics are extremely corrupt, and that Democrats are in charge. Bracak Obama spent far more time in the Illinois Sate Senate than in the US Senate. He is an alumnus of the Statehouse Gang in Springfield.
If Obama is seriously interested in avoiding the taint, he ought to ask the Democratic overlords of Illinois to pass legislation changing to a special election system for vacant Senate seats, in accord with the wishes of the people.