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February 09, 2009

Durbin calls Burris rival 'formidable'

We first reported last month that state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias – a good friend of President Obama’s – was seriously exploring a primary campaign against Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) for the Senate next year.

Now Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has weighed in, telling the Illinois political tip sheet Capitol Fax that Giannoulias would be a “formidable candidate” if he runs.

Durbin met with Giannoulias during a trip to Washington last week, a trip where he also met with potential campaign staff and fundraisers.