The race saw controversy when Republican Kirk was endorsed the the Human Rights Campaign, which revoked its backing due to his racist remark in a debate.
HRC endorsed Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk over his progressive Democratic challenger, and many commentators and activists are astonished.
The U.S. senator from Illinois, a stroke survivor and five-term veteran of the House, is going out on a limb for LGBT Americans.
Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois is in hot water after being caught on a hot mike making a salacious comment about fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa said ENDA's passage would make this "an uplifting week," amid comments from several senators on both sides of the aisle in support of the legislation.