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The eight-term South Side Chicago congressman, who turned back Mr. Obama’s challenge to his seat in the 2000 Democratic primary, did not say how the vacant seat should be filled.

The state would be facing primaries and a new general election for the seat that might not take place until April or May, he said, adding: “We can’t wait that long.”

• S.A. Miller and David R. Sands contributed to this report.

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Christina Bellantoni

Christina Bellantoni is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times in Washington, D.C., a post she took after covering the 2008 Democratic presidential campaigns. She has been with The Times since 2003, covering state and Congressional politics before moving to national political beat for the 2008 campaign. Bellantoni, a San Jose native, graduated from UC Berkeley with ...

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