Both U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias and Cook County board president Toni Preckwinkle emerged victorious in their respective Democratic primaries on February 2.
On Tuesday night, both U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias and Cook County board president Toni Preckwinkle won their respective Democratic primaries. Giannoulias attracted 39 percent of the vote, with David Hoffman garnering 34 percent and Cheryle Jackson clocking in with 19 percent.
During his victory speech, Giannoulias made it abundantly clear that "JOBS" are going to be the centerpiece of his campaign. The word appeared on his podium. It covered his backdrop. And it surfaced repeatedly in the speech itself. He also wasted no time going directly at GOP nominee Mark Kirk. "Come November, congressman," he said, "your days as a Washington insider are over." Watch an excerpt:
Preckwinkle, meanwhile, highlighted the diversity of the electorate that supported her: "Today, the people of Cook County have all spoken with one voice. Black and white and Latino and Asian. Gay and straight. North Side, South Side, West Side. Chicago and suburbs." Watch it: