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Election 2010

Obama's Ex-Senate Seat Still In Play; Race Tied

We knew the Illinois race for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Obama and currently being warmed by Sen. Roland Burris would be close and it's not disappointing.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Democrat Alexi Gianoullias who's also an old basketball buddy of the president's leads Rep. Mark Kirk, the Republican, by a razor's edge, less than two percentage points with 70 percent of the vote counted. The Democrat leads with 48 percent of the vote to the Republican's 46.6 percent.

This is one of those pox-on-both-your-houses races since both candidates were seen as extremely flawed. Voters questioned the truthfulness of both Gianoullias and Kirk and the candidates gave them ample reason to.