Illinois - U.S. Senate

as of October 31

The Candidates

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Alexi Giannoulias

  • Democrat
  • Birthdate: March 16, 1976
  • Residence: Chicago, IL

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Mark Kirk

  • Republican
  • Birthdate: September 16, 1959
  • Residence: Highland Park, IL

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Previous Results

    Illinois U.S. Senate (2004)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Barack Obama DEM 3,597,456 70%
    Alan Keyes REP 1,390,690 27.1%
    Albert Franzen IND 81,164 1.6%
    Jerry Kohn LIB 69,253 1.3%

    U.S. President: Illinois (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Barack Obama DEM 3,419,673 61.9%
    John McCain REP 2,031,527 36.8%
    Ralph Nader IND 30,952 0.6%
    Bob Barr LIB 19,645 0.4%
    Cynthia McKinney GRE 11,838 0.2%
    Chuck Baldwin CON 8,256 0.1%
    John Polachek NEW 1,149 0%

    state Election Profile

Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Oct 31, 2010

New Sabato's Crystal Ball Rating

Lean-R (was Toss-up)

    Oct 29, 2010

    New NPR Rating

    Lean-R (was Toss-up)

      Sep 9, 2010

      Drama In Race For Obama's Former Seat

      Roland Burris (D), appointed in 2009 to the seat formerly held by President Obama, is not running for a full term. The embarrassing saga of Burris, and how he came to the Senate via appointment, thanks to the disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, is the least of the Democrats' worries. Their nominee is state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, whose family-owned Broadway Bank was seized by the U.S. government back in April. Revelations that the bank had made questionable loans to members of organized crime only deepened Giannoulias' woes.

      The GOP nominee is Rep. Mark Kirk, a congressman from the Chicago suburbs whose fiscally conservative and socially moderate views are thought to play well statewide. But he also found himself in hot water over allegations he misrepresented his military record. Republicans would love nothing better than to send a message to Obama by winning his former seat. Polls indicate a slight move in Kirk's direction. -Ken Rudin

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