With all the controversy around Senator Roland Burris (D), it is not much of a surprise that he appears to have decided not to run for reelection. The move is thought actually helps the prospects of Democrats trying to hold on to the seat. Burris replaced Obama in the Senate after being appointed by then Governor Blagojevich who has since been removed from office.
"Sen. Roland Burris, whose deep ties to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich seemed to doom his Senate tenure from the start, will not run for a full Senate term in 2010. The move increases Democrats' chances of holding on to the former Senate seat of President Barack Obama.
Burris has begun informing fellow Democrats about his decision and is expected to make an official announcement on Friday, a Democratic official and a friend of Burris' told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonmyity because Burris has yet to announce his decision publicly."