2nd Poll Has Bustos (!) in Tight Race

The second poll in a row now shows Cheri Bustos, Chairwoman of the House Democrats’ Campaign Committee, is now in for a tough race of her own. New polling published today in National Journal shows Bustos coming in under 50 and undecided voters leaning towards Republicans big time.

Bustos narrowly leads 42-48.  The news comes shortly after the NRCC showed Bustos’ similarly bad performance earlier this week.

The full polling memo is here and the write up from National Journal is below.

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CLF Poll Shows Tightening Race in IL-17

National Journal

Kirk Bado

October 16, 2020


Two partisan polls released this week show a tightening race for DCCC Chairwoman Cheri Bustos.

A new poll from the Republican-aligned Congressional Leadership Fund conducted by Public Opinion Strategies (Oct. 4-6; 400 LVs; +/-4.9%) shared exclusively with Hotline found Bustos leading attorney Esther Joy King (R), 48%-42%.

As Bustos tries to expand Democrats’ majority in the House, she could face a more competitive race in central Illinois. Earlier this week the NRCC released a poll showing King trailing Bustos, 49%-44%. President Trump narrowly carried the district by a point in 2016. Bustos does have a cash advantage over King, and went on air with a negative TV ad this week, knocking King for opposing the Affordable Care Act.

“I go into every single race, every single race as if it’s going to be a tough race,” Bustos told Hotline when asked about the NRCC poll. “This district always has the potential to be tight, but we’ve done a good job preparing all cycle.”