Yesterday was primary day in Illinois, which were also the first primaries of the 2010 election.
In the race for President Obama’s former Senate seat, Rep. Mark Kirk will be the GOP candidate while Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias will be the Democratic candidate.
It’s early in the cycle, so polling is pretty unreliable, but a recent Public Policy Polling survey has Giannoulias beating Kirk 42 to 34, while a December Rasmussen poll also has Giannoulias leading 42 to 39.
The NRSC, feeling the heat, has put out an attack ad entitled ‘Alexi Giannoulias: He’d Make Tony Soprano Proud.’ The video contains the same warmed-over pastiche of weak guilt-by-association Blagojevich-Rezko-Chicago nonsense that the GOP has unsuccessfully thrown at Obama for years.
(And I bet you that, had Giannoulias been named something like John Smith, the NRSC probably wouldn’t have come up with that particular ad).
It’s early–and a lot can happen in very little time–but all indications are that Giannoulias starts out this race in a fairly strong position; hopefully he won’t squander that advantage.