Alexi Giannoulias might not have Jesse Jackson, Jr. on his side, but his campaign has been sure to let the everyone know that he does have support from the White House.
Giannoulias announced Tuesday that Education Secretary Arne Duncan and White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina are planning Illinois visits to campaign for Giannoulias in June, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Duncan and Giannoulias have been friends for years, and played basketball with President Obama.
Due to the closure of Giannoulias' family bank, some have pressured him to drop out of the race and questioned the White House's support of the Democratic Senate candidate. The Sun-Times reports:
Obama himself is not expected to start campaigning for Democratic challengers until the fall, said Giannoulias spokeswoman Kathleen Strand.
In the coming months, Obama is expected to concentrate on shoring up support for Democratic incumbent senators, she said.
Obama called Giannoulias the "soon to be senator" from Illinois during his visit to Quincy last month, and gave him a hug--which some found to be symbolic.
Giannoulias is battling Illinois Republican Mark Kirk for Obama's former senate seat.