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Poll: Quinn gains ground on Brady

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[October 02, 2010]  CHICAGO (AP) -- A new poll indicates that after weeks of holding the advantage in the Illinois governor's race, Republican Bill Brady is in a statistical dead heat with Gov. Pat Quinn.

HardwareThat comes as Quinn hammers his lesser-known opponent with TV attack ads asking, "Who is this guy?"

The Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV poll of 600 registered voters shows Quinn with the support of 39 percent of those questioned, while 38 percent prefer Brady. The poll, conducted by phone, has a margin of error of 4 percentage points, which means the candidates are virtually even.

A Tribune survey conducted before Labor Day had showed Brady with 37 percent support to Quinn's 32 percent, with the same margin of error. Since then, Quinn's job approval rating has improved and voters have a slightly more favorable view of him.

"We'll see polls go up and down between now and Nov. 2, but it appears voters are learning that Sen. Brady is not on their side," Quinn spokeswoman Mica Matsoff said Friday.

The two candidates have employed different strategies. Quinn has been wooing moderate and liberal voters by pointing to Brady's socially conservative views, while Brady has tried to tap into economic discontent in Illinois by portraying himself as a successful businessman and job creator.

Brady spokeswoman Patty Schuh said some polls have shown the Republican with a big lead while others show the two candidates virtually tied.

"We believe we're somewhere in between. We always knew the race would tighten up," Schuh said.

The Tribune/WGN-TV survey was conducted Sept. 24-28. The poll also shows independent Scott Lee Cohen is the pick for 4 percent of likely voters, while Green Party candidate Rich Whitney got 3 percent and Libertarian Lex Green had 2 percent.

[Associated Press]

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