Kirk, Giannoulias Illinois Senate debate: Focus on character

Vince Coglianese Contributor
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The Illinois Senate rivals, Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, fought over old ground in an intense and acrimonious third and final debate on Wednesday night with character issues dominating the encounter.

The battle for the Illinois seat once held by President Obama is one of the biggest races in the nation. Giannoulias and Kirk have been deadlocked in the polls for weeks and millions of dollars in campaign ads — many of them overwhelmingly negative — have flooded Illinois television.

But with less than a week before Election Day, Giannoulias, in a move to end on a high note and possibly lock in some undecided and independents, announced that he would only run positive ads and said that he has yanked negative spots funded by his campaign. Giannoulias said that Kirk was only running negative spots, though Kirk’s team after the debate said it still had a positive ad in their rotation.

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