Senator Michelle Obama? Poll Shows First Lady Leads Incumbent In Hypothetical Race

Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
By Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. | December 6, 2012 | 3:52 PM EST

First Lady Michelle Obama would defeat Republican Sen. Mark Kirk by 11 points in a hypothetical race for his Illinois Senate seat.

According to a new poll, Mrs. Obama leads the incumbent senator 51 to 40 percent in a head-to-head match-up.  The poll also found that 34% of voters approve of the job Kirk is doing, while 19% disapprove.  The senator's approval number is no match to Michelle Obama's, however, with 60% of voters viewing the First Lady positively.

Nonetheless, Mrs. Obama has said in the past that she is not interested in running for office:

"Absolutely not," the first lady said, when she was asked by a girl at the White House  during "Take Your Daughters And Sons To Work Day" if she will ever run for president.

But, if she changes her mind and decides to follow in Hillary Clinton's footsteps and run for the Senate once her husband leaves office, she'll more than likely begin her campaign with a comfortable lead.

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