Kirk, Duckworth gear up for final US Senate debate

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Springfield, Illinois.

CHICAGO (AP) _ Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth and Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk are meeting for their final U.S. Senate debate before Election Day.

Kirk is trying to win a second term in a race that will help determine whether Republicans keep control of the Senate.

Duckworth enters Friday night’s debate at ABC7 in Chicago as the favorite. Illinois has historically favored Democrats for statewide office, especially in presidential election years.

Kirk will be looking to avoid another comment like the one he made at last week’s debate, when he mocked Duckworth’s immigrant background and drew widespread criticism.

Expect to hear some Spanish from Kirk, who speaks the language and has been courting Hispanic voters.

The debate is in conjunction with Univision Chicago and the League of Women Voters of Illinois.