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January 25, 2010


Giannoulias, Kirk Lead in Illinois

A new Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV poll in Illinois finds Alexi Giannoulias (D) in the Democratic U.S. Senate race with 34%, followed by Cheryle Jackson (D) at 19% and David Hoffman (D) at 16%.

In the Republican race, Rep. Mark Kirk (R) held onto a wide lead over Patrick Hughes, 47% to 8%.

Interestingly, CQ Politics reports an internal poll from Hughes' campaign shows a much closer race for the Republican nomination.

Eric Zorn: "I would have predicted a better showing for Hoffman, who has picked up numerous newspaper endorsements and has great anti-corruption bona fides, and for Hughes, who is the favorite of movement conservatives. But unless nearly all the undecideds break the other way (or our polling is off), Hoffman and Hughes look like toast."

The primary is on February 2.












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