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  Tom Dart For Senate? Anxious Democrats Reportedly Courting Sheriff To Challenge Kirk
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News DateSaturday, August 22, 2009 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionIt's been a rough week for the Democrats hoping to take over President Obama's former Senate seat from retiring incumbent Roland Burris.

First, a Rasmussen poll showed Republican front-runner Mark Kirk edging out Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and completely dusting Democrat Cheryle Jackson.

Congressman Kirk beat out State Treasurer Giannoulias 41 percent to 38 percent in Rasmussen's survey of 500 likely Illinois voters, with 17 percent unsure of their vote and 4 percent picking "some other candidate."

Kirk led Jackson, the president of the Chicago Urban League, 47 percent to 30 percent, again with 17 percent unsure and 6 percent saying some other candidate. However, Kirk's slim lead over Giannoulias falls within the poll's 4.5 percent margin of error.

Also this week, Merchandise Mart boss Chris Kennedy decided against running after a long flirtation with the race. That doesn't help Jackson, whom Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington recently advised to get her on her knees and pray that Kennedy runs and splits the white male vote with Giannoulias.
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