Friday, July 16, 2010

Kirk outraises Giannoulias in Ill. Senate bid

The Republican running for President Barack Obama's old Senate seat has four times as much money in the bank as the Democrat in the race, although controversy has dogged both their campaigns.

Democrat Alexi Giannoulias announced Thursday that he has about $1 million in the bank compared to Republican Mark Kirk, who reported to the Federal Election Commission that he had more than $3.9 million in cash on hand when the quarter ended June 30.

"I don't think we've reached the point yet where the Democrats might decide they've got a better chance of picking up a seat somewhere else than holding on to Illinois. This can contribute to that kind of talk," said Kent Redfield, a professor emeritus of politics at the University of Illinois-Springfield.

Redfield's comments were featured in a July 15, 2010, article by the Associated Press.

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