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Awardgate Hurts Kirk in the Polls

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Awardgate Hurts Kirk in the Polls
Kirk's Rough Week | Media discovery of Mark Kirk's over-exaggerated military record lead him to go on the defensive, quoting "misquotes" and "misremembering" for the embellishments.
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The furor surrounding Mark Kirk’s “misremembered” military award seems to have dragged him down in the polls slightly. 

Kirk now leads opponent Alexi Giannoulias by 3-percentage points (42-39%) in a Rasmussen poll taken on June 7. The poll has a 4.5 point margin of error and sampled 500 people.

The GOP Senate candidate led Giannoulias by 8-percentage points (46-38%) last time the poll was taken on April 28.

A good majority said they have kept tabs on the Kirk meltdown, 27% asked said they have followed news reports very closely, and 35% have watched somewhat closely. Only 16% responded that they haven’t followed the drama at all.

The figures were similar when pollsters asked if the misstatements would affect their vote in November. 27% said it was very important, 36% somewhat important and 11% said not at all important.

Despite the fracas, Giannoulias is still viewed by likely voters as more unfavorable than Kirk. Kirk registers a 15% Very Unfavorable view while Giannoulias owns a 23% very unfavorable view.

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