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IL-GOV Thu Feb 25 2010

Illinois Is Not Massachusetts

Two recent polls found that the Democratic nominees in the Illinois senate and gubernatorial races are ahead. These were its findings:

IL Treas. Alexi Giannoulias (D) leads Rep. Mark Kirk (R) by seven points in the race to capture Pres. Obama's former SEN seat, according to a new poll conducted for the liberal blog Daily Kos.

The poll was conducted Feb. 22-24 by Research 2000. R2K surveyed 600 likely voters, for a margin of error of +/- 4.0%.

General Election Matchup

Giannoulias 43%
Kirk 36

After a tougher primary race and whispers of a scandal surrounding a bank associated with Giannoulias' family, Giannoulias is actually more popular than Kirk, according to the poll. Giannoulias is viewed favorably by 49% of respondents, while 34% view him unfavorably. Kirk's fav/unfav rating stands at 42%/35%.

As for Governor Quinn, Research 2000 found promising numbers against either Dillard or Brady:

IL Gov. Pat Quinn (D) holds double-digit leads against both GOPers locked in a recount battle for their party's nod, according to a new poll conducted for the liberal blog Daily Kos. The poll, conducted Feb. 22-24 by Research 2000, surveyed 600 likely voters, for a margin of error of +/- 4.0%. Quinn was tested against state Sens. Bill Brady (R) and Kirk Dillard (R). General Election Matchups Quinn 47% Quinn 46% Brady 32 Dillard 35

Granted these numbers are still early. The general elections have barely begun. Still, it's not the start the Tea Partiers nor the GOP in general was looking for.

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G's Up / February 25, 2010 9:01 PM

You're seriously using a Kos poll?


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