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Dems Could Seek New Blood For Governor's Race

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NBC 5 has learned that some Democratic insiders not satisfied with Gov. Pat Quinn are reaching out to others, including former state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. MaryAnn Ahern reports.

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With Democrat Bill Daley out as a candidate for governor, who might be in?

NBC 5 has learned that some Democratic insiders not satisfied with Gov. Pat Quinn are reaching out to others, including former state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias.

Also on the wish list is Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle as well as perhaps a newcomer -- a business man or woman.

While there are concerns it may be too late even though the official filing isn't until December 1, Giannoulias is said to be at least entertaining the idea.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she's not rethinking the governor's race because she based her decision on "my own considerations."

But does she support Quinn? Madigan never mentioned the governor by name when NBC 5 spoke with her Tuesday, saying only that "I will be supporting the Democratic nominee for governor."

Daley left a parting shot at his news conference Tuesday, saying he believed a Republican will win the general election next year.

Even Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady believes Quinn may still face a primary challenge.

"I'm not so sure he'll be unopposed," Brady said. "It wouldn't surprise me if someone would step up within his own party. He's not well liked. I think that's pretty well known."

Giannoulias lost his 2010 race for the US Senate against Republican Mark Kirk. Preckwinkle is also often mentioned as a possible candidate to oppose Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015.

As Daley said Tuesday, "It's one thing to be quite frankly in the gallery, it's another thing to be on the dance floor."

Giannoulias and Preckwinkle certainly know how to dance.

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