Andy McKenna steps back from US Senate seat (Illinois) run and clears path for Mark Kirk to run

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna said today that he will step aside if Rep.

Mark Kirk runs for the Senate, clearing the way for Congressman to claim the GOP nomination.

"As party chairman my goal has been to build party unity," said McKenna in a statement. McKenna added that he and Kirk had met Sunday night and that "I reassured Mark that if he chooses to be a candidate, I will not oppose him."