Earlier this week, we learned that independent voters in Illinois appear to be
. . . breaking for [Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mark] Kirk. Fifty percent said in the recent poll that they support Kirk, up from 38 percent in a similar poll four weeks ago. [Democrat] Alexi Giannoulias is holding steady with just 28 percent among independents. The number of undecided independents dropped from 22 percent four weeks ago to 8 percent in this poll, indicating that it looks like they are flocking to Kirk.
The other worrisome point for Giannoulias: The collar counties. These suburban Chicago counties are critical for Republicans running statewide in Illinois. Democrats have to at least hold their own in this area in order to be successful. In this most recent poll, Kirk is leading 55 percent to 30 percent in these Chicago suburbs.
With independents breaking against you, it’s probably not going to help to acknowledge that your campaign’s been playing some dirty tricks:
Not only did Alexi Giannoulias admit to sending mailers to voters touting the Libertarian candidate in the Senate race in Illinois, he implicated the state Democratic Party in the attempt to siphon voters away from Republican Mark Kirk. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Giannoulias, who got pounded in the debate yesterday over millions of dollars in loans to mobsters while he served as loan officer for his family’s Broadway Bank, confessed to the dirty trick afterward.
Ed Morrissey, the source of the above, sees this trick as part of a pattern of Democratic behavior that goes beyond Illinois: “All of this leads to a fundamental conclusion: Democrats feel that they have to offer misdirection and dishonesty in order to hold onto power in Washington, and can’t win on their record and agenda in 2010.”
Don’t think it’s going to help this Illinois Democrat’s campaign that he just acknowledged playing the politics for which the president’s hometown is famous.
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