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Pollster: Expelled Rep. Derrick Smith Would 'Swamp' Rival Lance Tyson If Vote Were Today

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In this April 30, 2012 file photo, Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith reads a statement outside federal court in Chicago after pleading not guilty to a federal charge of bribery. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
In this April 30, 2012 file photo, Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith reads a statement outside federal court in Chicago after pleading not guilty to a federal charge of bribery. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

SPRINGFIELD-Can someone who gets expelled from the Illinois House turn that embarrassment into a political advantage?

Sure looks that way for former state Rep. Derrick Smith.

Smith (D-Chicago) is blowing away his third-party opponent in a new poll of West Side voters despite being under federal indictment for allegedly accepting a $7,000 cash bribe.

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