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10/07/2014 12:32 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Reboot Illinois Poll Finds Quinn Has Moved Ahead of Rauner in Illinois Governor's Race

A new Reboot Illinois poll shows Gov. Pat Quinn edging ahead of Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.

The poll, conducted Oct. 6 for Reboot Illinois by We Ask America, showed Quinn leading Rauner 44 percent to 40 percent. It's the first of four Reboot Illinois polls to show Quinn ahead of Rauner, who had dominated the race in nearly two dozen polls from various sources dating back to March.

Quinn was especially strong in Chicago and the Cook County suburbs in the new Reboot Illinois poll. His success in Cook County and Chicago in 2010 helped him overcome poor showings downstate and in the collar counties and win by less than one percentage point.

As always, the new poll is merely a snapshot in time, not a predictor of the Election Day outcome.

"Pat Quinn has passed Bruce Rauner, but there is plenty of maneuvering space left for both candidates, especially in light of nearly 35 percent of voters not that confident they are choosing the right candidate," said We Ask America Chief Operating Officer Gregg Durham. "There has been some real upheaval in the location-based crosstabs where Quinn is solidifying his Chicago and suburban Cook County base."

Check out the poll at Reboot Illinois to see just how confident respondents were that they chose the right candidate.

Another poll conducted the same day found that Democrat Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is maintaining a strong lead among likely Illinois voters over opponent Republican Paul Schimpf. About 56 percent of respondents said they would vote for Madigan, while a little more than 31 percent said they would choose Schimpf. Almost 5 percent said they favored Libertarian candidate Ben Koyl and nearly 8 percent were undecided. How did those numbers break down across geography and demographics?

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