February 3rd, 2010
09:00 AM ET
5 years ago

Illinois Senate race set; governor's race far from it

The Democratic state treasurer and a five-term Republican congressman will face off in November to fill the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Obama.
The Democratic state treasurer and a five-term Republican congressman will face off in November to fill the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Obama.

(CNN) – The Democratic state treasurer and a five-term Republican congressman will face off in November to fill the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Obama.

Front-runner Alexi Giannoulias faced criticism after his family's bank came under federal scrutiny. But he beat fellow Democrat David Hoffman, a former Chicago official in charge of trying to root out corruption, by a small margin.

Giannoulias, the son of Greek immigrants, was able to raise money and come out on top in a crowded Democratic field.

"The voters of Illinois are sending a message, and I hear them them loud and clear. In the midst of this dreadful economic crisis, they want a senator who will fight to limit the power of Washington special interests," Giannoulias said Tuesday night at his victory rally.

Full story


Filed under: Illinois
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. alphonso

    rep kirk is not a moderate.he is liar he is a right winger!

    February 3, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Andy in Atlanta

    Giannoulias missed the point. It's not just that voters want to limit the power of special interests in Washington, they want to limit the power of Washington. Like it or not, that's what the majority is saying.

    February 3, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Kevin in Ohio

    To quote the democrat candidate: "they want a senator who will fight to limit the power of Washington special interests". Well, the answer is simple, Illinois....vote for his opponent!

    February 3, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Robert

    puhleeze...the same old snake oilsmen talk from the republicans. once they are back in power, the spending will continue....except the benficiaries will be the republicans. they all want to spend and grow government. at least democrats don't lie about it.

    February 3, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. Vote with your brain

    Mark Kirk is the best candidate to represent IL.

    Other than him, I don't know if I can trust anything that comes out of Illinois politics.

    February 3, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. jeremy.....Dallas...Texas

    Interesting for 5term congressman to call Washington broken and corrupt. Simply he spent a decade in a corrupt and broken capital and he want promotion to Senate. God bless this Nation.

    February 3, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |