(Chicago) – Poll: State Senator Kirk Dillard (D-Hinsdale) has moved into second place in the Illinois Republican gubernatorial primary as Bruce Rauner has slipped slightly, a new poll says.
A We Ask America survey, taken on Tuesday February 25, says Rauner is still way ahead of his opponents at 35.6%, followed by Dillard at 17.2%. Trailing in third and fourth place respectively are State Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) at 12.8% and Treasurer Dan Rutherford at 7.4%. Undecided voters are at 26.8%.
A negative TV ad campaign against Rauner paid for by organized labor and the Democratic Governor’s Association has dented his lead.
A Chicago Tribune poll released on February 11 had Rauner at 40% and Dillard in fourth place at 11%. In that same survey, Brady was in second place at 20% and Rutherford in third at 13%.
Before being engulfed in charges of sexual harassment and improper political activity in his state office, Rutherford had been considered Rauner’s most serious challenger. But not now.
“… State Treasurer Dan Rutherford‘s hopes have withered on a scandal vine…,” according to We Ask America.
Meanwhile, in recent days Brady has claimed that internal polling shows him in second place, but the new poll smashes that claim.
Nevertheless, second place means squat.
And neither Dillard nor Brady have the means to move beyond second.
“…Both Dillard and Brady are counting on an alleged any-minute-now free fall by Rauner,” says We Ask America.
That’s a hope.
And hope ain’t a plan.
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