Reporting from Chicago — The Democratic gubernatorial primary in Illinois is a tossup between Gov. Pat Quinn and Comptroller Dan Hynes as controversy over an inmate early-release program and an imploding state budget has cut into Quinn's once-sizable advantage, a Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV poll has found.
On the Republican side, three candidates also are in a close battle ahead of the Feb. 2 primary. Former state GOP Chairman Andy McKenna, former Illinois Atty. Gen. Jim Ryan and state Sen. Kirk Dillard lead the field, but none had reached 20%, according to the new poll.
The poll results show that with the early primary election approaching, candidates who placed a premium on extensive TV advertising are seeing dividends.
Each of the surveys, conducted Jan. 16-20, also indicate that the results could depend on last-minute voter appeals through TV, radio and campaign get-out-the-vote efforts.