Tribune poll: Quinn & Rauner in dead heat

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A new poll by the Chicago Tribune says the Illinois Governor's race is closer than ever.

The poll involves 800 registered voters who were surveyed October 16 through October 21.

Republican challenger Bruce Rauner was behind in the polls in September.

But this latest poll gives him 45 percent of the vote.

Governor Pat Quinn has 43 percent.

That two percent gap is within the poll's margin of error.

The race could get decided by voters looking elsewhere.

Libertarian candidate Chad Grimm is getting four percent of the vote.

But eight percent said they were undecided or supporting other candidates.

Rauner's surge is being credited to his rising support from white, suburban women who tend to be socially moderate and fiscally conservative.

Rauner has 57 percent of the support from that group.

Quinn only has 35 percent.

The balance of Congress will also be decided on Election Day.

More Democrats have been campaigning without President Obama, who is seeing sinking approval numbers.

Now those numbers are tanking in his native state of Illinois.

46 percent in the latest poll approve of the President's job performance.

That's the lowest it has ever been in Tribune polls.

47 percent said they disapprove, which is the highest that number has ever been.

Seven percent said they had no opinion.

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    • ZebraStripes

      The same. I’ve met many non-citizens and not once has one of them talked politics. Voter ID laws are simply a means to exclude actual citizens from voting, as is short voting hours and too few machines. Typical Republican tricks meant to steal elections.

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