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The Battle of the Weak: Alexi Giannoulias Edging Mark Kirk in Illinois Senate Race

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Democrat Alexi Giannoulias has a statistically insignificant lead over Republican Mark Kirk in the race for Illinois' Senate seat -- a contest that Public Policy Polling says is pitting two of the weakest candidates in the country against each other.

Giannoulias runs ahead of Kirk by 37 percent to 35 percent with 9 percent for Green Party candidate LeAlan Jones and 19 percent undecided, in the PPP poll conducted Aug. 14-15. The margin of error is 4.1 points.

Both candidates have struggled against damaging stories about them during the campaign. Kirk came under fire for misleading statements he made about his military service and Giannoulias has suffered because of stories about his family's failed bank and some of its practices.
Mark Kirk, Alexi GiannouliasThirty-five percent say Giannoulias is unethical, 30 percent regard him as ethical and 35 percent are not sure. Twenty-eight percent of likely voters consider Kirk to be an ethical person while 25 percent regard him as unethical, with 46 percent not sure.

Both candidates are seen unfavorably by a plurality of voters, although 32 percent say they still don't know enough about Giannoulias to express and opinion and 40 percent are in the same boat when it comes to Kirk.

Giannoulias is seen favorably by only 51 percent of fellow Democrats while Kirk gets positively ratings from only 49 percent of Republicans.

Independents (26 percent of the sample) regard both unfavorably -- with Giannoulias being seen far more unfavorably by them. Kirk leads Giannoulias among them by 36 percent to 20 percent with 12 percent for Jones and 32 percent undecided.

PPP's Dean Debnam says that while Illinoisans who are most likely to go to the polls in November don't have very positive views of Giannoulias, President Obama or the man who is filling Obama's former Senate seat, Roland Burris, "they're still barely willing to give Giannoulias the nod to keep the Obama-Burris seat because he's a Democrat in a Democratic state."
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LimoBarbie

Kirk is a RINO and everyone in the Republican party despises him for being a liberal and is holding their noses to vote for him. The best candidate in the Republican primary was Judge Don Lowery who has a stellar reputation, is a staunch Constitutional Conservative and has more integrity under his fingernails than Kirk and Giannoulias COMBINED have in their whole bodies. He should be the Senate nominee, but Kirk had a whole lot of money to buy the nomination after 10 years of a dubious record in Congress.

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