Cheryle Jackson Rides the Rail for Her Campaign

Democratic candidate for the Senate says she raised $355,000

By Nicola Orichuia
|  Wednesday, Oct 14, 2009  |  Updated 2:09 PM CDT
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Gov. Rod Blagojevich's former spokeswoman, Cheryle Jackson (D) announced her candidacy for Illinois Senate position on Sept. 16.

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Political races have a common trend: the more money you raise, the better your chance of winning.

Kicking off her train-travelling campaign today in Springfield, U.S. Senate-hopeful Cheryle Jackson says she has raised $355,000 in the last quarter, which means she’s still trailing behind former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman and State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias for the Democratic spot, the Capitol Fax blog reported.

Jackson will be touring the state travelling by train, trying to convince voters she is the right pick to replace Sen. Roland Burris.

Among Jackson’s opponents, Hoffman was reported raising another half a million dollars, even though recent polls still show Giannoulias leading the Democratic pack.

The former Rod Blagojevich spokesperson was the first woman to lead the Chicago Urban League, a post she left in mid-September to concentrate on the Senate race. 

On the other side, Republican candidate Mark Kirk is given a seven percentage-points lead (42-35) over Giannoulias in a recent survey conducted by Colorado-based Magellan Data and Mapping Strategies.

According to the same survey, other Republican candidates like Patrick Hughes have a very slim chance of beating Kirk in the upcoming GOP primaries.

   
 

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