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Giannoulias Poll Shows Him Even with Kirk

A poll taken by Alexi Giannoulias’ Democratic Illinois Senate campaign last week shows Giannoulias even with GOP rival Rep. Mark Kirk, making up for ground lost after the failure of the Giannoulias family-owned Broadway Bank.
Giannoulias, the state treasurer, is even with Kirk, according to his campaign pollsters, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. Their poll of 600 likely November voters — taken May 11-13 — shows a 44-44 tie.

“There is so much as stake in this election for the future of Illinois,” Giannoulias said. “With fresh, new ideas, I will fight every day alongside President Obama to turn this economy around and bring the new, good jobs of tomorrow home to Illinois. A creature of Washington, incumbent Congressman Mark Kirk, will only take us back to the failed Bush policies that brought our economy to its knees and put corporate special interests ahead of Illinois families again and again.”

In the days following the FDIC’s sale of Broadway Bank to MB Financial, public and internal polling showed Giannoulias losing to Congressman Kirk by six points or more. After both campaigns went toe-to-toe with contrasting messages in paid media, that margin has dissipated with a six-point swing in the Democrat’s favor, showing a dead heat, 44-44, in the race for the Illinois Senate seat vacated by President Obama.

“In the wake of the bank’s takeover and after weeks of negative, false attacks from the opposition, Alexi has gained momentum,” said Alexi for Illinois campaign manager Michael Rendina. “It all comes down to the voters. When they are presented with the choice between a typical politician like Mark Kirk, who supported the failed Bush economic policies or Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, who saved Illinois jobs and will fix what’s broken in Washington, Alexi emerges as the clear choice.”

Giannoulias was a vice president of the Broadway bank before being elected state treasurer in November 2006, and Kirk seized on Broadway Bank as a major issue having to do with Giannoulias’ competency and credibility.

Giannoulias immediately went on the offensive after Broadway Bank failed, with a round of ads framing Broadway as a victim of the recession — and GOP policies Kirk supported.
Kirk responded with his own $250,000 ad buy to rebut Giannoulias’ claims and continued pounding on Giannoulias over Broadway Bank.

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