January 25, 2010 --
New polls show clear frontrunners in the race for a Illinois U.S. Senate seat. According to a Tribune poll, State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias continues to lead the race for the Democratic nomination. He has 34 percent of Democrats; 19 percent support former Chicago Urban League president Cheryle Jackson. Sixteen percent back David Hoffman, Chicago's former inspector general. Jacob Meister and Robert Marshall only have one percent support each. However, 26 percent of voters remain undecided.
On the Republican side, Congressman Mark Kirk has a sizable advantage with 47 percent. The closest competitor, according to the poll, is Hinsdale businessman Patrick Hughes who has 8 percent.
None of the four other contenders -- Kathleen Thomas, Don Lowery, John Arrington or Andy Martin -- had more than 3 percent.
Thirty-five percent of Republican voters are still undecided.