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Giannoulias, Kirk to fight each other for Obama’s Illinois Senate seat….

Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias withstood some late drama and held on to win the Democratic primary for President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat on Tuesday.

The 33-year old former Obama basketball buddy led former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman 39-34 with 86 percent of precincts reporting. Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Robinson Jackson was third with 20 percent. Hoffman has conceded.

Giannoulias will now face Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) in the general election, after Kirk easily dispatched developer Patrick Hughes in the GOP primary, 57-19.

……Giannoulias and Kirk………

Not all is well for Giannoulias, though, who faced plenty of questions this past week over his family’s bank. It was reported a week ago that Broadway Bank needs federal and state help to avoid collapse. The bank has also made loans to some unsavory characters, including convicted political fixer Tony Rezko.

It is expected to be a major issue in the general election, when more attention will be paid to the details of the situation and when Giannoulias’s opponent will have more money to drive the issue home.

Democrats may also have to deal with the continuing drama surrounding former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is set to stand trial on corruption charges this summer.

Party operatives have worried privately that Giannoulias wouldn’t be as strong a candidate as they hoped to land in Obama’s blue home state. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) last year tried to recruit state Attorney General Lisa Madigan for the race even after Giannoulias was already a candidate.

Republicans were heartened that Kirk’s support for cap and trade and some other centrist positions didn’t seem to hurt him too badly in the primary. While he appeals to independents in the general election, the GOP will also need him to turn out the base.

Most political analysts consider the race a toss-up. A recent poll for a Democratic firm showed Giannoulias leading Kirk 42-34 in the general election, while most other polling has shown the race neck-and-neck.

And Illinois is a Democratic State most of the time…...which explains the lead by  Giannoulias in the general polls.

The Dog believes that this seat will ultimately stay with the Democrats….

February 3, 2010 - Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , ,


  1. http://abclocal.go.com/wls/elections/local/results

    Ugh… Lets ALL HOPE the Drug Warriors lose

    Illinois is infamous for their draconian cannabis laws


    Comment by Timothy Peter Leal | February 3, 2010 | Reply

    • That’s not my problem, lol

      Comment by jamesb101 | February 3, 2010 | Reply

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