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Illinois Seat Could Flip

The new poll results are not out of line with a Democratic poll released last week, that suggested that the heavily financed Halvorson is surging in the final weeks of the campaign.

In an Anzalone Liszt Research survey released Oct. 17, Halvorson led 48 percent to 29 percent. The poll, which had a 4.9-point margin of error, interviewed 400 people Oct. 10-13.

“Halvorson has expanded her lead over Republican Marty Ozinga in the open-seat race for Illinois’ 11 Congressional district,” Democratic pollsters John Anzalone and Jeff Liszt wrote in an earlier polling memo. “Halvorson’s broadcast television buy has shifted the dynamics of the race in her favor and given the resources to continue her paid communications, she is a strong favorite to win this election.”

As of Oct. 1, Halvorson had almost $275,000 in cash on hand and Ozinga had almost $176,000. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has spent heavily on the race, kicking in $865,000 on Halvorson’s behalf, while the National Republican Congressional Committee has left the wealthy contractor to fend for himself.

Ozinga has repeatedly pledged not to self-fund his race.

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