Giannoulias Wins Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate

Beats Hoffman, setting up a race against Mark Kirk in November

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Alexi Giannoulias

    Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias has cleared a major hurdle to becoming the next Democratic senator from Illinois.

    With 90 percent of precincts reporting, Giannoulias has captured 35.88 percent of the vote, beating out three other opponents: Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Jackson, former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman and Robert Marshall.  A fourth candidate, Jacob Meister, withdrew from the race on Jan. 31 and gave his support to Giannoulias.

    Giannoulias to Kirk: "Your Days... Are Over."

    [CHI] Giannoulias to Kirk: "Your Days... Are Over."
    Alexi Giannoulias wastes no time in taking on his Republican opponent for the U.S. Senate. (Published Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010)

    In his acceptance speech, Giannoulias immediately joined the battle with GOP nominee Mark Kirk.

    "Congressman Mark Kirk has said he doesn't think unemployment is a big deal," said Giannoulias. "But I've got news for him. Unemployment is a big issue. And it's obvious you've spent so much time in Washington D.C. voting with the special intersts to ship our jobs overseas that you don't know that. But come November, Congressman, your days as a Washington insider are over."

    Hoffman Chokes Up in Concession Speech

    [CHI] Hoffman Chokes Up in Concession Speech
    Former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman speaks to supporters after conceding his race to Alexi Giannoulias. (Published Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010)

    Kirk, speaking from his own election party, said he would "absolutely" commit to a debate with Giannoulias.

    Giannoulias' closest competitor, David Hoffman, conceded the race just before 10:00 p.m.

    Primary Interview: Alexi Giannoulias for Senate

    [CHI] Primary Interview:  Alexi Giannoulias for Senate
    Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate says the upcoming election is all about jobs and touts his plan to improve the economy. (Published Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010)

    "I called Alexi Giannoulias and congratulated him on his victory," said Hoffman. "This defeat does not deter me from wanting to improve the lives of those who do not hold the reins of power and too often get the short end of the stick."

    Giannoulias cast his ballot on the first day of early voting and spent the day greeting voters at the Mayfair Park Fieldhouse and at Manny's Deli prior to his election night gathering at the Fairmont Hotel.

    He'll face Republican nominee Mark Kirk in November's General Election.

    Results:  Illinois 2010 Primary Elections

    Candidate Profile: Alexi Giannoulias for U.S. Senate

    Full Coverage:  Illinois Elections 2010