Illinois U.S. Senate Race: Giannoulias (D) 40%, Kirk (R) 39%

The Illinois Senate race remains a virtual tie, but Republican Mark Kirk’s support appears to be trending down.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Illinois shows Democrat Alexi Giannoulias earning 40% support to Kirk’s 39%. Nine percent (9%) favor some other candidate in the race, and 12% are undecided. This is the first time Kirk’s support has ever fallen below the 40% mark. From February through June, he consistently attracted from 41% to 46% of the vote.

Both men are battling for the seat once held by Barack Obama and now filled by Roland Burris, appointed by since-impeached Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich after Obama’s election as president. Blagojevich is currently being tried in Chicago on federal corruption charges that include trying to sell the Senate seat to the highest bidder.

The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Illinois was conducted on July 7, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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