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Sen. Mark Kirk, others to skip GOP national convention — and Trump circus

Sen. Mark Kirk, others to skip GOP national convention — and Trump circus

Facing a difficult re-election fight this fall, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk will not attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer — avoiding an event that could be fraught with controversy involving GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

Kirk campaign manager Kevin Artl cited the first-term Republican senator's bid against two-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth as the reason behind the decision.

"Sen. Kirk has his own re-election to win, so he will be working hard toward that goal, not going to the Republican convention in Ohio," Artl said in a statement Thursday.

Before last month's Illinois primary, Kirk said he "certainly...

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