Capitol Fax has published a new We Ask America poll that indicates U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline) is in for a tough rematch against Bobby Schilling (R-Colona). The poll of 1,496 voters in the Illinois 17th District gives Bustos a slim 45-44 lead over Schilling, which falls within the margin of error. Schilling leads among Independents 51-34. The poll sampled 37% Democrats, 24% Republicans, and 39% Independents.
"It's incredible for this race to be a statistical dead heat at this point," said Jon Schweppe, communications director for the Schilling campaign. "It's clear that voters are tired of a missing-in-action representative, and they're ready to bring back Bobby Schilling. A statistical tie this early is bad news for Cheri Bustos—she's looking more and more like a one term Congresswoman."
Bobby Schilling said that the poll shows this race is going to be very competitive and that voters are looking for better representation in Washington.
"We are running to win," Schilling said. "Voters are looking for a real representative of the people—someone who will listen to them and fight for them on a daily basis. We're going to run a strong, issues-based campaign, and we're going to take back the people's seat."
Bobby Schilling was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois. He has been married to his wife, Christie for 27 years and together they have 10 children. Schilling represented the Illinois 17th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011-2012, serving on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Agriculture Committee, and the House Small Business Committee. Schilling is seeking another term and is running against incumbent Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.