SIU poll says Kirk, Duckworth lead Senate primaries

A poll by Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute indicates  Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth have an early lead in the race for Kirk’s U.S. Senate seat. 

Incumbent Kirk is challenged by Oswego business owner and conservative, James Marter to be the Republican nominee. Of the Republicans polled, 53 percent said they would vote for Kirk, compared to 14 percent for Marter. The rest, or 33 percent, said they were still undecided. 

On the Democratic side, 52 percent said they’d vote for Duckworth, from suburban Chicago; 6 percent said they’d vote for Andrea Zopp, head of the Chicago Urban League; and 4 percent said they’d vote for Illinois state Sen. Napoleon Harris of Harvey. The remaining respondents said they were still undecided.

SIU says the sample of 306 Republicans was part of a statewide poll of 1,000 registered voters taken Feb. 15-20. The Republican sample has a margin of error of 5.6 percent. The university says the sample of 1,000 Illinois registered voters contained 422 who said they would vote in the Democratic primary, and those findings have a margin of error of 4.7 percent. 

The poll also asked all the respondents how they felt about the state’s two U.S. senators, Kirk and Democrat Dick Durbin. To read more about those results, click here

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