Tuesday, April 28, 2009

ILLINOIS SENATE 2010: Democrats Safe - Burris Not So Safe

INCUMBENT: Roland Burris, Democrat
  • Appointed December 30, 2008 by Ex-Governor,  Rod Blagojevich
  • Burris is filling the vacated seat left by President Obama
  • DOB - 08/03/1937
POTENTIAL CHALLENGERS (names being tossed around): Representative Jan Schakowsky, Alexi Giannoulias, Representative Mark Kirk.

2008 PRESIDENTIAL STATE RESULTS: Obama 62%  McCain 37%

Believe it or not, the Illinois 2010 Primary is less than one year away. Roland Burris has indicated that he'll announce "in the very near future" whether or not he intends to defend his seat. With little more than pocket change to show for as well as the guarantee that other heavy-hitting Democrats will be showing up, our bet is that Burris doesn't stand a chance. There's also that 19% favorability rating... 

An internal poll, released by Representative Jan Schakowsky, shows her leading Burris and State Treasurer, Alexi Giannoulias. The good news for all of them is that more than a third of the respondents were undecided about who they would vote for. Schakowsky, should she run, will have to overcome the fundraising advantage Giannoulias, who has more than a half-million dollar edge already.

Despite a weak showing by Burris, there's little chance that of this seat turning red, regardless of which Democratic candidate emerges. One Republican name that's being tossed around is Mark Kirk, although he's still unsure about whether or not he's going to run in the senate or governor race.

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