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Obama calls Giannoulias, Quinn, Hynes, in wake of Illinois primary. UPDATED

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Updated to reflect Hynes call...

The day after the Illinois primary, President Obama called Alexi Giannoulias and Pat Quinn to congratulate them on winning the Democratic nominations for Senate and governor, though Dan Hynes has yet to concede in the close governor contest.

During the White House briefing, deputy press Secretary Bill Burton said Obama called Giannoulis and Quinn. Chicago Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Chief Dave McKinney is reporting that Obama also called Hynes (who ran against him in the 2004 Illinois Senate primary) but did not ask him to concede.

Burton was asked if Obama phoned Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) who on the GOP Senate nomination.

"I think there is other calls on the schedule, but he was not called,"

Burton said he was not sure if Obama called Hynes. Asked if Obama wanted Hynes to concede, Burton said "I haven't talked to him about it."

After an ill-fated attempt to recruit Attorney General Lisa Madigan into the contest, the White House said the Obama team would not take sides in the Illinois Democratic primary.

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