Democrats could be facing some real trouble and an even bigger embarrassment in the Illinois US Senate midterm election in 2010. Republican candidate Mark Kirk has a 46% to 38% lead over Democrat Alexi Giannoulias in the US Senate race in Illinois.
Republican Congressman Mark Kirk has earned a modest pick-up in support, while his Democratic opponent, Alexi Giannoulias, appears stalled in the first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state following the government’s seizure of the failed Broadway Bank, the institution owned by Giannoulias’ family.
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.
How embarrassing would it be in this Novembers midterm elections if Democrats lose President Obama’s former Senate seat? The Illinois Senate seat is part of the Triple Crown, a virtual “Perfect Storm” of high profile seats that Republicans are targeting for 2010. The Triple Crown includes the US Senate seats in Delaware, formerly held by VP Joe Biden, Illinois, formerly held by President Obama and Nevada, presently held by Harry Reid, the Democrat Majority leader. All three could easily fall in 2010.