An early look-ahead at the 2010 Senate race in Illinois when newly-appointed Democrat Roland Burris - the choice of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich - is up for re-election shows Burris and other potential Democratic candidates running ahead of Republicans who might enter the race, according to a Research 2000 poll conducted Jan. 26-28.
Of course, Burris has to nail down his party's nomination first. Research 2000 tested him in a potential primary contest against six-term Rep. Jan Schakowsky and State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and had Burris at 26 percent, Schakowsky at 12 percent and Giannoulias at 11 percent. But 51 percent were undecided.
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