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Illinois Senate Race: Kirk 46%, Giannoulias 38%

1:23 PM, May 3, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Rasmussen has released its latest poll on the race to fill Barack Obama's old Senate seat in Illinois:

Kirk now attracts 46% support in Illinois' race for the U.S. Senate, up from 41% in early April. Support for Giannoulias is at 38%, virtually unchanged from the previous survey but down from March, when he earned 44% of the vote. Five percent (5%) currently support some other candidate, and 12% are undecided...

After months of highly-publicized financial struggling, including reports of loans to convicted felons, Broadway Bank, where Giannoulias worked as a senior official from 2002 to 2006, was seized by bank regulators on April 23 and its assets taken over by another bank. The survey was taken five days later on Wednesday night.

While saying he has not been involved in the bank's decision-making since leaving it, Giannoulias, who is currently Illinois' state treasurer, also says Broadway's problems are not unique in the current economic environment. However, Kirk has made the bank a major campaign issue.

Forty-one percent (41%) of Illinois voters now say the issue of Broadway Bank is at least somewhat important in terms of how they will vote this November, with 17% who say it’s Very Important. But 49% say it's not very or not at all important.

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