Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Illinois US Senate Primary Liberal Republican Mark Kirk 53%, Conservative Pat Hughes 18%
Rasmussen Reports ^ | January 28, 2010 | steelers6

Posted on 01/28/2010 9:05:33 PM PST by Steelers6

Election 2010: Illinois Republican Primary for Senate Illinois GOP Senate Primary: Kirk 53%, Hughes 18% Thursday, January 28, 2010

Republican Congressman Mark Kirk is well ahead of his closest challenger in the race for the Republican Senate nomination in Illinois. GOP voters will pick their candidate on Tuesday.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely Republican Primary voters in the state finds Kirk leading attorney Patrick Hughes 53% to 18%. Twelve percent (12%) prefer some other candidate, and 18% are still undecided.

Conservatives have been critical of Kirk for some of his positions in the House, and Hughes, chairman of a group called Sensible Taxpayers Opposed to Increased Taxes, is challenging him from the political right. But 51% of conservative Republicans who plan to vote on Tuesday support Kirk versus 20% who are for Hughes.

In the state’s Democratic primary, State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias leads his two chief challengers for the party's Senate nomination in the vote also slated for Tuesday.

Kirk should expect some stiff competition in the general election if Giannoulias wins on Tuesday. Polling in December found Giannoulias ahead of Kirk 42% to 39%. In October, the two men were tied at 41% each. In mid-August, Kirk held a 41% to 38% lead over Giannoulias. Following last week's upset GOP win in the Massachusetts special Senate election, however, Republicans have been eying Illinois as another Democratic-leaning state where they might make a pick-up, given widespread voter unhappiness with the national health care plan and other national Democratic initiatives.

This year’s election will fill the seat currently held by Roland Burris, appointed by former Governor Rod Blagojevich to fill out the remainder of President Obama’s Senate term. Burris is not running for a full-term.

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Republican voters in Illinois have a favorable opinion of Kirk, while just 22% view him unfavorably. One-in-five voters (20%) have no opinion of the congressman.

The plurality of Illinois GOP voters (45%) still has no opinion of Hughes. His favorables total 34%, his unfavorables 21%.

Democratic Senate incumbents who currently trail their challengers include Harry Reid in Nevada, Michael Bennet in Colorado, Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas and Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania. Barbara Boxer from California, Evan Bayh of Indiana and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin find themselves in more competitive races than usual.

Republicans lead open-seat Senate races in Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Ohio. Democrats lead in Connecticut. A commentary by political analyst Larry Sabato, suggests that if the election were held today, “the (59-seat) Democratic majority in the Senate would be reduced to just 52 seats.”

In addition to picking Senate nominees, Illinois voters in both parties will choose their governor candidates for the fall on Tuesday. Former state Republican Chairman Andy McKenna attracts 20% of the vote, enough to hold a modest lead over a large field of hopefuls, in the race to become the GOP nominee for governor of Illinois.

State Comptroller Dan Hynes has edged ahead of current Governor Pat Quinn in the race to become Illinois' Democratic gubernatorial nominee.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: banglist; goa; hughes; illinois; kirk; nra; rmsp; senate
Hughes has been moving up since he starting picking up big endorsements starting with Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Gun Owners of America, Illinois Federation Right to Life, . If the NRA would get behind him now and get turnout up in areas south of I 80 we can still make this a race.

Tell everyone you know in Illinois don't vote for Mark Kirk, vote for Pat Hughes for Senate.

The Conservative Republican vote is the most troubling for Conservatives to be 51% support of Mark Kirk, 20% for Hughes and probably 15% for the other conservatives in the race is bad. But many of them probably think Kirk is the only candidate and will be surprised when they see 6 candidates on the ballot on Tuesday.

1 posted on 01/28/2010 9:05:34 PM PST by Steelers6
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Steelers6

Mark Kirk has not shown up for a single debate, there were at least 5 Republican US Senate debates held.


2 posted on 01/28/2010 9:10:24 PM PST by Steelers6
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Steelers6
I’ve been trying to alert Freepers about this race for the past month. Nobody seems interested in defeating the most liberal Republican in the country, Mark Kirk. I suppose if I headlined articles about this race with words like “hooters” and “hot chicks” I’d get a lot more interest. Good grief. Freeper needs to more of advocacy site and less of a whiny echo chamber site. How many "I'd hit it!" threads do need?
3 posted on 01/28/2010 9:21:52 PM PST by Falcon28
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Falcon28

https://secure.yourpatriot.com/ou/phughes/507/donate.aspx


4 posted on 01/28/2010 9:24:10 PM PST by JSDude1 (www.wethepeopleindiana.org (Tea Party Member-Proud), www.travishankins.com (R- IN 09 2010!))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Steelers6

Not sure I would either if I had that kind of lead. Hughes apparently has not had enough money to draw the contrast, which is disappointing.


5 posted on 01/28/2010 9:25:08 PM PST by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Falcon28

If Sarah Palin had endorsed him, freepers would be all over it.

I think too many people see it as a lost cause to dedicate a lot of time to it.

The question is whether freepers will accept Kirk like they accepted Brown, understanding that a moderate squishy republican is better than a democrat, or deciding that another squishy moderate is too high a price to pay.


6 posted on 01/28/2010 9:25:40 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Steelers6

It looks like it will be snowing in Chicago on Election Day. Let’s hope for a blizzard. . . and clear skies for the rest of the state.


7 posted on 01/28/2010 9:25:57 PM PST by stars & stripes forever ( Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: JSDude1
Already done that - many times over. Now if 300,00 Freepers would do the same, we get some where.
8 posted on 01/28/2010 9:28:43 PM PST by Falcon28
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: stars & stripes forever

Don’t know how that will effect Adam Andrzjewski for Governor. He needs the Poles to turn out at the Polls. He will do well downstate with Tea Party Supports. Southern Illinois is supposed to get snow tonight I believe.


9 posted on 01/28/2010 9:28:49 PM PST by Steelers6
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: stars & stripes forever

Don’t know how that will effect Adam Andrzjewski for Governor. He needs the Poles to turn out at the Polls. He will do well downstate with Tea Party Supports. Southern Illinois is supposed to get snow tonight I believe.


10 posted on 01/28/2010 9:29:20 PM PST by Steelers6
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: stars & stripes forever

Don’t know how that will effect Adam Andrzjewski for Governor. He needs the Poles to turn out at the Polls. He will do well downstate with Tea Party Supports. Southern Illinois is supposed to get snow tonight I believe.


11 posted on 01/28/2010 9:29:47 PM PST by Steelers6
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Steelers6
IL Republicans are the stupid party. If they nominate Kirk, the Democrats will keep the seat in November.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

12 posted on 01/28/2010 9:36:00 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Steelers6
I'm afraid Illinois conservatives will squander the governor's race.

Looks like there are three conservative/reform candidates with around 10% of the vote, yet retread Andy McKenna, Obama fan Kirk Dillard, and the shell of Jim Ryan are soaking up the oxygen. If conservatives had united behind state senator Bill Brady, for example, they could have taken the nomination and had a shot at the governship.

I suppose there's still a shot one of the good guys pulls it out, but the polling shows McKenna on top.

13 posted on 01/28/2010 9:38:02 PM PST by Crichton
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: CharlesWayneCT
A Democrat rather than a liberal Republican. There's not much difference in their philosophies; they only differ in how fast to get to socialism in this country. Conservatives have a big job in taking back the GOP.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

14 posted on 01/28/2010 9:38:09 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Steelers6

Why would a conservative vote for this Rino? Do they feel he’s the only chance to win the seat?


15 posted on 01/28/2010 9:46:54 PM PST by whatisthetruth
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Steelers6

Sen. Bill Brady will do good in downstate Illinois. He has alot of support where I live.


16 posted on 01/28/2010 9:50:34 PM PST by stars & stripes forever ( Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: CharlesWayneCT

In a word, no.

Brown was the decisive vote to stop that “health” bill.

Kirk would just be another Liberal. I couldn’t give a damn about helping him out.

For the record had Brown not been the decisive vote you wouldn’t have seen conservative energy rally around him either. There was no “understanding” ever reached ther then we needed one vote to hold the line until November when we could elect a few CONSEVATIVE’s instead.

Okay, I’ll admit there were political considerations as well. Winning Teddy’s seat has re-inforced how vulnerable they are, caused some retirements, driven poll numbers down and made the environment even a little better to elect a conservative in some areas.

All in all he served his purpose.


17 posted on 01/28/2010 10:05:40 PM PST by Soul Seeker (?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: whatisthetruth

My understanding is that cnservative’s are split over whom to endorse. Sort of like with McCain in the primaries in ‘08. Plus Kirk has name recognition. Sad but true people vote for the name they know even when they don’t know their positions.

I’ve seen some conservatives start to rally around this race but too little and too late. They should have gotten their acts together 2 months ago not less then a week before the polls.


18 posted on 01/28/2010 10:09:08 PM PST by Soul Seeker (?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: stars & stripes forever

That’s the thing, all 6 still have a shot at winning this deal because noone has taken control of the race. 20% is the top and 8% is the bottom.

The weather could be a huge factor, snow is in the forecast in many parts of the state. The last 6 primary elections the Republicans have had turnout between 660,000 to 920,000.

So if a million Republicans vote, 250,000 could win it. It will be interesting to see the turnout in the Polish sections of Chicago. If it’s high and their pulling Republican ballots Adam could pull it out. If downstate turnout is strong Bill Brady could win it.


19 posted on 01/28/2010 10:09:09 PM PST by Steelers6
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Steelers6

Both candidates are good . . . but I feel with the dire straignts that Illinois is in Sen. Brady would be the man to get the job done. Adam would need on the job training.


20 posted on 01/28/2010 10:13:30 PM PST by stars & stripes forever ( Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Falcon28; MestaMachine

Get the info out there to the Illinois voters.


21 posted on 01/28/2010 10:13:56 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Steelers6

Both candidates are good . . . but I feel with the dire straignts that Illinois is in Sen. Brady would be the man to get the job done. Adam would need on the job training.


22 posted on 01/28/2010 10:14:45 PM PST by stars & stripes forever ( Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Steelers6; Falcon28; STARWISE; All
Here is the Headline that condemn Kirk for the Cap and Trade.

Mark Kirk catches heat for cap-and-trade vote
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0709/25500.html

I've passed this on to all my friends in Illinois. Starwise has an extensive Illinois ping list.

Pray for Pat Hughes.

23 posted on 01/28/2010 10:26:29 PM PST by Chgogal (American Mugabe, get your arse out of my bank, my car, my doctor's office & my elec. utility.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Steelers6

Damn it, why hasn’t Sarah pitched in and endorsed Hughes? A conservative has the change to take Hussein’s old Senate seat, and we’re gonna waste our tea party mojo on another RINO?

This is bullcrap.


24 posted on 01/28/2010 10:51:20 PM PST by Jeb21 (www.jewsagainstobama.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Steelers6

Money & recognition, Kirk’s name is all over the place, in snail mail ads, signs, etc.


25 posted on 01/28/2010 11:00:46 PM PST by blondee123 (Don't blame me, I voted for Sarah !)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jeb21; Soul Seeker
My understanding is that conservative’s are split over whom to endorse

Palin must be split too.

26 posted on 01/28/2010 11:26:13 PM PST by whatisthetruth
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Steelers6

What’s the difference between a “liberal” and a “moderate” republican?


27 posted on 01/28/2010 11:48:50 PM PST by free1977free
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: free1977free

Truth in advertising? ;)


28 posted on 01/29/2010 12:34:44 AM PST by Crichton
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: CharlesWayneCT; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; Reagan Man; AuH2ORepublican
>> The question is whether freepers will accept Kirk like they accepted Brown, understanding that a moderate squishy republican is better than a democrat, or deciding that another squishy moderate is too high a price to pay <<

Mark Kirk is NOT a 'squishy moderate' like Scott Brown. This is a lie started by the Kirk people to cash in on Brown's victory and and unfortunately it seems many conservatives have bought the kool-aid. Kirk's record in office over the last nine years tells a different story. Kirk is a socialist Dede Scozzafava-type DIABLO, instead of a moderate Scott Brown type. Indeed, all the groups that endorsed Coakley over Brown were the SAME groups that supported Kirk in his last election. Mark Kirk gets a 100% rating from NARAL and was rated more liberal than Obama on "green" issues by the Sierra Club. He vehemently opposed the surge in Iraq, championed cap n' trade, and so on. Scott Brown has an A rating from the NRA. Kirk has an F-. Kirk's as much a "moderate Republican" as Karl Marx was a "moderate capitalist"

And Scott Brown's election in the most Democrat state in the union is proof we DON'T "need" to run left-wing slime like Kirk to "win" in states that elected Obama.

29 posted on 01/29/2010 12:42:03 AM PST by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: CharlesWayneCT
If Sarah Palin had endorsed him, freepers would be all over it.

More Freepers are questioning her Conservatism considering she has once again endorsed socialist light McAmnesty.
30 posted on 01/29/2010 4:39:18 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: free1977free
What’s the difference between a “liberal” and a “moderate” republican?

There's one more letter in moderate.
31 posted on 01/29/2010 4:40:40 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: Man50D

I don’t think people in IL have ever surprised us pleasantly.


32 posted on 01/29/2010 4:52:23 AM PST by Theodore R. (...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop
The real fight will be in 2012. We need to stop the bleeding now. This has always been Kirks race to lose, that is reality. Illinois GOP needs to rebuild. Start at State level, SoS, and AG are far more important. Who checks candidates BC and who prosecutes voter fraud? While you focus on Kirk, who votes conservative at least 33% of the time, Illinois conservatives lose locally and have weak candidates. Rebuild your house first. I speak from experience, while the Dems were finding candidates the Lake County GOP leaders at the time were more concerned about what color hats for a golf outing. When I tried to discuss demographic changes in the County, I was given a pat on the head and a hat.
Nationally you are a blue state, Kirk like Brown in MA is the best you will get until that changes. United, with a strong State party, you will be able to force Kirk to vote conservative or retire.
33 posted on 01/29/2010 4:52:32 AM PST by OldGoatCPO
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Jeb21

I believe we will see all over the country the liberal RINOS getting nominated by dumb Republican primary voters. All they know to do is vote for a familiar name that they have seen somewhere.


34 posted on 01/29/2010 4:54:04 AM PST by Theodore R. (...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: BillyBoy

Sorry, I wasn’t really trying to grade them on the squishy scale, and maybe I should have been. I’m the last guy who should have fallen into the “black/white” trap.


35 posted on 01/29/2010 5:38:55 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: BillyBoy

There are a few similarities though; Kirk is a soldier, voted against the stimulus bill, appears to be reasonably opposed to earmarks, he voted for the Bush tax cuts, and against tax increases.

He voted against the house health care bill.

He appears good on defense issues.

So while I won’t say he’s a fiscal conservative, he isn’t like an Arlen specter.

ON the other hand, DeDe actually had the NRA backing, and Kirk isn’t any good on gun issues like Brown was. Which is weird for a military guy not to be good on guns.

Kirk is actually worse on pro-life issues than Brown as well. Both are pretty pro-abortion, but Brown opposes partial-birth abortion, and Kirk voted against the ban. So I agree with you on that one, although that’s hardly much of a point in favor of Brown in my book.

Like I said, it will be interesting. I urge a vote for Hughes in the primary. And since Kirk is pro-abortion, he won’t get my money or my support (neither did Brown), but I don’t think I’ll discourage people from voting for him. Or maybe I will, if it looks like we won’t win control in either case.

Yes, I’d sell my soul for that last vote to put the dems in the minority, apparently, even knowing that Kirk would be one of those senators who could switch parties on us — so maybe I just changed my mind on that.


36 posted on 01/29/2010 5:48:06 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Soul Seeker

And Kirk wouldn’t serve any purpose, unless he was the win that put us in the majority. And even then, I’m not sure anymore I could support him — that’s a high price to pay for a majority, and could just give us more of the same problems we had the last time we were in the majority.

Given the President will be Obama for 2 more years, and especially if we can win the house, I’m beginning to think it would be best for us if the Democrats had a few-seat majority in the senate, rather than elect liberal republicans. We could filibuster (I can’t imagine Kirk joining the republicans on a filibuster of a gun bill or an abortion measure), and the house could block most of the agenda, and we could still blame democrats for gridlock in the Senate.

We have a better chance of taking the senate back in 2012, when there are a lot more democrats in republican areas up for election.

OK, I’m convinced. Lets get Hughes elected — now we need a few more conservatives bigshots to endorse him. And let’s not support Kirk here. It was hard enough encouraging people to vote for a pro-abortion candidate in Mass.


37 posted on 01/29/2010 5:52:09 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: CharlesWayneCT

I sure as Hell won’t. Kirk is vile.


38 posted on 01/29/2010 6:05:30 AM PST by dangus (Nah, I'm not really Jim Thompson, but I play him on FR.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Man50D

There are moderates, and there are “moderates.” “Moderates” is MSM-talk for die-hard lefties (Specter, Jeffords, Chafee, Castle, Kirk).

<—Right-wing—Conservative—Mainstream Republican—Moderates—Centrists—RINOs—Country-Club Republicans—”Moderates”—DIABLOs—Socialists—Communists—>

(Oops, that should be reversed... Nah, I;m too lazy to fix it.)


39 posted on 01/29/2010 6:14:02 AM PST by dangus (Nah, I'm not really Jim Thompson, but I play him on FR.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: dangus

Agreed

What exactly is the difference between him and Obot Gianoulias on the other side?


40 posted on 01/29/2010 7:53:29 AM PST by slapshot (""USAF- when you absolutely, positively need it delivered on target, on time, right away)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: CharlesWayneCT

Judge Lowery and John Arrington are too dim to drop out and endorse Hughes. The RINOs unite around one candidate and our guys think there is something virtuous about staying in the race to suffer a noble defeat.

Imbeciles.


41 posted on 01/30/2010 6:25:16 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT ("pray without ceasing" - Paul of Tarsus)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson