US Senator Dick Durbin says he's taking his opponent in the November election more seriously than any challenger since he first was elected to the Senate. Durbin's rival, dairy magnate and GOP state Sen. Jim Oberweis, is considered a long shot to unseat the Senate's second-ranking Democrat. Yet Durbin has staffed up statewide field offices, brought on social media-savvy campaign veterans and banked more than $6 million. Durbin says he doesn't want to underestimate Oberweis, who has personal wealth and statewide name recognition. But the decision also could be part of a wider Democratic strategy to paint Republicans as wealthy and out of touch. Oberweis says he once thought Durbin was unbeatable too. But he now believes the three-term senator is vulnerable. He says voters are sick of "career politicians."
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