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  Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias opens exploratory bid for Senate today
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Last EditedJ.R.  Mar 02, 2009 07:54am
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News DateMonday, March 2, 2009 01:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionCHICAGO--Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, 32, opens his exploratory bid for Senator today hoping his close association with President Obama, generational appeal, record and early start locks him in as a front-runner in what today is a very undefined field.

Giannoulias, I am told, is running no matter the election scenario or the other contenders. Last week, William Daley, the former Commerce Secretary and mayoral brother, floated his name in order to head off Giannoulias securing early endorsements. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) is also mulling a run, with her chances of getting in more likely in a special election.
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