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Tuesday, February 07, 2006


For you Illinoisans out there...

Rasmussen is reporting that the Republican candidate for Gov. is now leading in the polls over the sitting Democratic Gov. in Illinois.

The latest Rasmussen Reports survey shows Topinka with 48% of the vote while the incumbent Governor attracts 37%.

Blagojevich does better against two other potential challengers. Blagojevich is tied with Ron Gidwitz at 40%. The Governor holds a very slight lead over Jim Oberweis, 43% to 39%.

None of the candidates are viewed favorably by 50% or more of Illinois voters. Blagojevich and Topinka have far higher name recognition than the other candidates.

Topinka is viewed favorably by 46% of voters and unfavorably by 30%. For Blagojevich, it's 40% favorable and 49% unfavorable. For Gidwitz and Oberweis, a plurality don't know enough about them to have an opinion.

Of course, Illinois is a fairly blue state thanks to the areas around and including Chicago and the area across the river from St. Louis. But, don't get your GOP hopes too exercised. The current Gov. is not liked by anyone, including his own party, and the front running GOP candidate, Topinka, isn't a whole lot different from a Democrat herself.

So, don't see this as a sudden turn Republican for this blue state.

Still, it would be a help to have a Republican again take the helm in the capitol at Springfield.

Rasmussen Report
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