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Updated: April 26, 2012 8:14AM



The only unequivocal winner of Tuesday’s election, for me anyway, arrived long after the polls closed and the candidates had gone home.

It was the Chicago-style dog at the Wieners Circle, served up, as always, with attitude.

The Illinois primary was a snooze. But even boring elections can make you hungry. The spice of the evening came around midnight in the encased meat wrapped in a poppy-seed bun as I sat at the red picnic tables outside the iconic joint on North Clark.

Junk food joy for a political junkie.

Romney was able to muster enough votes against Rick Santorum. But Romney is a guy who’d put ketchup on his dog.

Yes, Jesse Jackson Jr. clobbered Debbie Halvorson, but he’s still dragging around the ball and chain of a House ethics probe.

Mike Madigan, surprise, sur­prise, won his House race, but this time by a mere 76 percent. An inveterate apple eater, Madigan has probably never eaten a Chicago dog.

Patrick Daley Thompson won a spot on the Water Reclamation District. Grandpa, Richard J. Daley, must be smiling. But demanding how come the kid came in third, not first?

Secretary of State Jesse White landed in both the win and loss columns.

White’s arch-enemy, State Sen. Annazette Collins, fell to Patricia Van Pelt Watkins. Winner: Jesse White. But State Rep. Derrick Smith, charged by the feds with taking a $7,000 bribe, won. Loser: Jesse White.

It was White who gave Smith a state job and engineered Smith’s appointment to the House. Only now, after the election, does White suggest Smith should resign. Not exactly a profile in courage.

Remember Jason Plummer? It’s OK if you don’t. He was the young, Downstate Republican millionaire whom Bill Brady tapped to run for lieutenant governor two years ago. Plummer won the GOP primary in the 12th Congressional District. So he’s back but mostly out of our sight.

Sort of like how he was when he ran for state office.

If you think I’m being unduly cranky, so be it. All that political reporters hope for are a couple of exciting races that get the blood running on election night.

Tuesday was tepid in excitement and turnout.

What about the great presidential race of 2012? Sure, Obama’s headquarters are here, but who really thinks he or his GOP opponent will devote time to Illinois?

We’re going to be Surrogate City.

Still all hope is not lost. There’s the Tammy Duckworth vs. Joe Walsh race in the 8th Congressional District, which could offer a genuine contest. Along with a Chicago dog, at least that’s something to relish.



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