Illinois-based polling firm WeAskAmerica is presenting the results of Sunday polling.
The most astounding finding is that 8th Congressional District Republican candidate Joe Walsh is leading Melissa Bean 49%-45%. No “undecideds” were allowed.
Even Green Party candidate Bill Scheurer has a reason to be happy.
He’s getting over the five percentage points needed to make his party an established party, which means the Greens would not have to get many signatures to get on the ballot for local races.
“The most intriguing result to us Illinois 8. Since 2004, Democrat Melissa Bean has repeatedly proved to be a winner in this district which many consider to be the most Republican-leaning area from the last redistricting. Bean defeated beleaguered Congressman Phil Crane to win the seat, and has held on since. This time out she ran a late, but aggressive and expensive campaign against Republican Joe Walsh who did not have the resources to respond.
“Almost as intriguing is Illinois 14, where cerebral Democrat Bill Foster dwarfed Republican Randy Hultgren in spending. Hultgren’s plow-horse response, though, may be enough to win the day in the district that was formerly held by Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.”
Below are the polling results for all the races covered in Illinois.
|Illinois 8||Melissa Bean (D)||45.74%|
|773 responses||Joe Walsh (R)||48.72%|
|Bill Scheurer (G)||5.54%|
|Illinois 10||Dan Seals (D)||45.51%|
|861 responses||Robert Dold (R)||54.49%|
|Illinois 11||Debbie Halvorson (D)||44.90%|
|829 responses||Adam Kinzinger (R)||55.10%|
|Illinois 14||Bill Foster (D)||45.34%|
|784 responses||Randy Hultgren (R)||50.38%|
|Dan Kairis (G)||4.21%|
|Illinois 17||Phil Hare (D)||43.74%|
|1,103 responses||Bobby Schilling (R)||51.77%|
|Roger Davis (G)||4.49%|
This explanation is offered:
“All of the following automated polls were conducted on Sunday, October 31. All calls were made to likely voters. Margins of error are all around 3%. In the final week’s polls, we do not offer an opportunity to selected “undecided” as an option.
“If our numbers are wrong in any given race, it’s because we’ve failed in an honest effort to measure public opinion, not because someone cooked the books.”