A new poll by We Ask America shows a statistical tie between former Congressman Bobby Schilling and current Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, both vying next year for the 17th district seat. In that poll, Bustos holds a slim 45 to 44 lead. However, Schilling leads among independents 51 to 34 percent. The poll sampled 37 percent Democrats in the Democratic leaning district, 24 percent Republicans and 39 percent Independents. The primary is next spring while the general election is November 2014. Bustos beat Schilling two years ago as the district was redrawn by state Democrats who control the Illinois General Assembly.
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