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"'The controversies swirling around Giannoulias and his family seem to be taking a toll on him"

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Things aren't looking good for Alexi -- and a new poll [PDF] from Dem-leaning Public Policy Polling won't help matters:

The controversies swirling around Giannoulias and his family seem to be taking a toll on him. Where before 31% of voters viewed him favorably to 19% unfavorably, now just 21% have a positive opinion of him and 28% see him negatively.

Democratic voters don’t seem to know what to think of the issue surrounding Giannoulias and because of that 36% of them are undecided compared to only 16% of Republicans. Kirk is winning 77% of the Republican vote while Giannoulias is at just
54% of the Democratic vote. Kirk also has a 33-30 advantage with independents.

PPP points out that Kirk is a relative unknown in Illinois, even though he's been serving the state for ten years:

53% have no opinion of him with 24% holding a positive one and 23% a negative one. That’s pretty much unchanged from a 27/22 spread in January, further confirming the movement in the race has everything to do with Giannoulias and little to do with Kirk.

Yep. Advice to Kirk: just stop saying Republican-y things -- especially when you're being recorded at political fundraisers -- and Alexi will take care of himself.

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