State Week: Polls, Puppets and Cash

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The Simon Poll says incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk is 14 points behind Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth. Democrats and Republicans are trying to use the other side's unpopular leaders to sink down-ballot candidates. Plus, Illinois is awash in campaign cash.

Sean Crawford hosts with regular panelists Charlie Wheeler, Amanda Vinicky and Brian Mackey.