From Talking Points Memo (read the full thing here):
Green Party candidate LeAlan Jones likes his chances in the race for Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.
Sure, Democrat Alexi Giannoulias may not be worried about third party candidates spoiling his chance to take advantage of Republican Mark Kirk’s recent problems in the race. But Jones is even less concerned about the possibility of spoiling Democrats’ chances to hold Obama’s old seat — and says he could win this thing.
“I don’t know how you spoil something that’s already rotten,” Jones told TPM.
Jones has been getting some attention after a PPP survey showed him polling at a surprising 14% in a matchup against State Treasurer Giannoulias and Rep. Kirk, who took 31% and 30% of the vote, respectively.
“I was surprised it happened this early. I was not surprised that it happened,” Jones told TPM. He explained that he needs “a third of the conservative vote” and “three quarters of the African-American vote” in order to have a shot at winning the general election. Jones, who is African-American, was confident that this is possible in a race “with two non-African-Americans.”