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Obama to Resign Senate Seat November 16

Barack Obama will resign his Senate seat effective Sunday, November 16, 2008.

Here is a statement released by Obama:

“It has been one of the highest honors and privileges of my life to have served the people of Illinois in the United States Senate. In a state that represents the crossroads of a nation, I have met so many men and women who’ve taken different journeys, but hold common hopes for their children’s future.

“It is these Illinois families and their stories that will stay with me as I leave the United States Senate and begin the hard task of fulfilling the simple hopes and common dreams of all Americans as our nation’s next President,'” Obama said in a statement.

“It has been one of the highest honors and privileges of my life to have served the people of Illinois in the United States Senate. In a state that represents the crossroads of a nation, I have met so many men and women who’ve taken different journeys, but hold common hopes for their children’s future. It is these Illinois families and their stories that will stay with me as I leave the United States Senate and begin the hard task of fulfilling the simple hopes and common dreams of all Americans as our nation’s next President.”

Possible successors include Jesse Jackson Jr. and Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth.

Secretary of State Clinton?

That’s the buzz around town tonight. Speculation is abundant that Hillary Clinton may not only be on the list of possible candidates for the State Department post, but may be near the top.

Undisclosed sources inside the Obama transition team say many advisers are pushing the idea. Speculation was fueled when it was reported Clinton flew to Chicago–Obama’s Transition Headquaters–on “personal business.”

When asked if she would consider a Cabinet appointment, Clinton left the door open.

“I am happy being a senator from New York, I love this state and this city. I am looking at the long list of things I have to catch up on and do. But I want to be a good partner and I want to do everything I can to make sure his agenda is going to be successful.”

Of course, the question is does Obama want a Clinton in his administration.

Other contenders for the post are John Kerry, who endorsed Obama early in the campaign and Bill Richardson, a close friend of the Clinton’s who endorsed Obama. Richard Holbrooke, former UN Ambassador is also considered to be a top contended as well as Republican Chuck Hagel.