Bustos poll claims race is close


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Posted Online: Sept. 28, 2012, 4:57 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
A new poll puts Democrat Cheri Bustos much closer to U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, less than six weeks from election day.

The internal poll conducted Sept. 24-26 by the Bustos campaign puts Rep. Schilling at 47 percent and Ms. Bustos at 45 percent in the 17th Congressional District. It's the first poll to take the pulse of the campaign since both campaigns and their proxies launched a television advertising blitz.

A poll released by the Schilling campaign in August gave the Republican a 13-point lead and showed Ms. Bustos had much work to do to build her name recognition among voters.

The new survey of 600 likely voters in the new 17th District appears to show that she's made up a lot of ground. The boundaries of the 17th District were redrawn after the 2010 census to run from Freeport through part of Rockford, the Illinois Quad-Cities and to Peoria in the south.

The poll also found President Obama leading Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney 54 percent to 41 percent, a big lead that shows the extent to which the newly redrawn 17th District should favor Democrats.

Rep. Schilling's 2-point lead is within the margin of error of the poll, which was conducted by GBA Strategies.






 












 




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