48% (D) to 41% (R)
- You have to give this seat to the Dems, but Durbin is under 50%. If the GOP tide flows heavy Durbin might get sucked down.
The No. 2 Senate Democrat, long thought to have an easy ride to a fourth term, could be in for a fight as recent polls show the race narrowing in the final weeks of the 2014 midterms.
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the Democratic whip, had been consistently leading by double digits over Republican challenger Jim Oberweis for months.
The latest poll, released Friday morning by Reboot Illinois, shows the long-time Democratic senator with a 10-point lead over Oberweis – that’s still closer than a survey released by the same outfit in late July showing a 15-point divide.
Some pollsters say it’s still too early to call the race competitive.
But with higher poll numbers in sight, Oberweis is trying to build momentum – siphoning off endorsements and touting the movement in the polls.
“We knew this race was getting very tight,” Oberweis told Fox News.
He added: “No one has ever held Dick Durbin accountable for his failed policies in the past. But I intend to do exactly that with the voters of Illinois.”
Oberweis, a successful businessman in the dairy industry, has run several times for Senate, governor and House. He currently is a member of the Illinois state Senate.
Democrats already are on defense in Senate races across the country, as they try to prevent Republicans from bagging the six seats necessary to take control of the chamber. A fight in Illinois, thought to be safe Democratic territory, is the last thing they need.
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