Elgin, Illlinois. On the heels of the decision by former Governor Jim Edgar not to run for Governor in 2006, State Senator Steve Rauschenberger (R-Elgin), a 13-year lawmaker, has gone from a leading candidate to the leading candidate for Governor of Illinois, according to a poll by Zogby International conducted for the Wall Street Journal.The poll, conducted from September 16-21, shows Rauschenberger with a slim 1-point margin over incumbent Governor Rod Blagojevich, 41.3-40.4%. The poll also seemingly indicates that Rauschenberger provides the best head-to-head match-up with Blagojevich for the Republican party. "The poll is very encouraging," said Rauschenberger. "It provides validation that our campaign's effort to reconnect with middle class families in Illinois by providing honest, forthright, and thoughtful leadership is resonating. "Rauschenberger also noted that the poll was conducted prior to his
endorsement last week by former U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald which he expects
will give him an added boost among GOP primary voters. The poll can be found at online at WSJ.com by clicking on this link to "Battleground
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Rauschenberger ahead in the Polls
A Press Release from the Rauschenberger for GOVERNOR. First time I've read of a Republican with a chance. Read the blogs and you'd think Blagojevich would trounce all comers.