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IL-Sen: 42% Kirk (R), 40% Giannoulias (D) (Fox 9/25)

Topics: Illinois , poll

Fox News / Pulse Opinion Research
9/25/10; 1,000 likely voters, 3% margin of error
Mode: Automated phone
(Fox release)

Illinois

2010 Senate
42% Kirk (R), 40% Giannoulias (D), 7% Jones (G) (chart)

2010 Governor
46% Brady (R), 36% Quinn (D), 8% Whitney (G) (chart)

 

Comments
Farleftandproud:

This will be a nailbiter to the end, but doubt that few of the Green party supporters will throw away their vote in the end. I think Alexi will win even if this is what the poll says the night before the election. Don't know about Quinn; it is less likely he can pull this off, but I think both will be close.

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Bob in SJ:

POS is Rass-lite.

A tossup for sure, but Kirk has had a small lead in the last few polls. Liek I said last time - if green voters break for the G-man, he wins; if they stay home, he looses.

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Dave:

I don't know, I'd be very worried with these numbers if I was Kirk. You have to figure no way the support for the Green holds up.

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Moravej:

FLAP, what do you mean throw away their vote? Supporting a guy who has no plan for the budget or to revitalize the economy is putting your vote in the right place? You should visit Rich Whitney's site. He is the only person in the race that appears to have an understanding of economics. He's a pragmatist but he will stand strongly behind important social issues such as LGBT rights. I'm not as crazy about Lealan Jones, but Whitney is by far the best candidate in this race.

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Chris V.:

Thank you Moravej.

I have decided to vote for Whitney and Jones in November because I believe that they are the only true progressives in the race, as well as the only candidates who are actually interested in improving the state of affairs in Illinois instead of just running out of ambition and a desire for power and influence. Judging by the polling out of Illinois so far, it looks as if plenty of other progressive voters agree with me.

Giannoulias and Quinn are both products of a political machine that is more interested in expanding its power than it is improving the lives of citizens in the state and the country. This machine also has a nearly infinite acceptance of ineffective governing and corruption so long as their candidates say what they want them to say. There were qualified, independent-minded, pragmatic candidates to choose from in the primary (David Hoffman for Senate, and to a lesser extent Dan Hynes for Governor), but of course the Chicago machine did everything they could to get out the vote for their preferred shill candidates. Hoffman in particular was literally endorsed over Giannoulias by EVERY SINGLE NEWSPAPER IN THE STATE that made an endorsement, yet he still lost. Do you see yet why I don't like voting for the atrocious candidates that the Illinois Democratic Party produces on a consistent basis? If not, you're even more of a partisan hack than I already believe you to be.

If you are truly "far left and proud," then you are an ideological prostitute for suggesting that a vote for Whitney and Jones is one that is "thrown away." I agree with the Democrats more often than the Republicans but I refuse to vote for bad Democratic candidates just because I dislike them less than the Republican...especially when there are knowledgeable, viable third party candidates to choose from.

But I guess I will be "wasting" my vote in November because I don't step in line like a good liberal sheep and vote for the Democrat, right? And I suppose as an Illinois voter, I should be taking advice on who to vote for from the guy who thinks our corrupt, ineffective former Senator Carol Moseley Braun...I'm sorry, "Lillian Jackson Braun," should run for mayor of Chicago? Go to hell. Your lack of ideological conviction and your lack of knowledge on the races you preach about is truly pitiful.

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Chris V.:

Also, I can pretty much guarantee that the Brady-Quinn race is not going to be "close" as you assert it will be. Quinn was never really very close or happy with Blagojevich (very few Democratic politicians in the state were), but most of the voters here seem to have made up their mind that Quinn was tied in with Blagojevich anyways. This, combined with the fact that Quinn has been a mediocre to bad governor during his short tenure in office, will likely mean that he will crushed on Election Day by Brady, the guy who thinks we should teach evolution in public schools and who opposes abortion in cases of rape and incest. I can't wait!

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Bob in SJ:

@ Chris

Honest questions from a liberal partisan Democrat - what's your long term strategy for extracting Kirk from office if he's elected? Are there better candidates in the pipeline? What's your opinion of Madigan?

Thanks!

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Chris V.:

I think the Madigans (especially Mike, but also Lisa) are just a couple more products of the corrupt Chicago machine. I would love to see them both replaced by more honest and agreeable Democrats.

I imagine that Kirk would be a one-termer, much like Fitzgerald. Honestly, I would rather have six years of Kirk in the Senate than have Giannoulias be our Senator for the next couple of decades or so, which will probably be the case if he wins.

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