This quote from the Journal-Register on the inauguration party ($40 million of our money during war) kind of sums up some problems he might have with the Illinois electorate:
“For me, it is exhilarating to experience,” said Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Peoria. “I know it sounds corny, but I truly love President Bush. I really do. He’s an extraordinary man. I like his values. I like his family.”
When 55% of the state's electorate explicitly rejected the man, in favor of a charisma-challenged challenger (lots of votes against Bush, not so many for Kerry), the tighter LaHood is tied to Bush, the worse he will do.