Dick Durbin The No. 2 Senate Democrat, expected to cruise to a fourth term, is now in for a fight for his political future as recent polls show the race tightening in the final weeks of the 2014 midterms. He has continuously been leading by double digits the Republican challenger Jim Oberweis.
The latest poll from the Chicago Sun Times show the race has narrowed to only 7% within striking distance of the margin of error of the poll. The Durbin campaigns internal polling according to one campaign source show the race at only a 4% lead for Senator Durbin despite a 6-1 cash advantage. Our source inside of the Oberweis campaign says their internal polling is at 3.7% within the margin of error.
With the higher poll numbers, Oberweis is building momentum all the while taking endorsements from Durbin and using the large movement in the polls to draw in additional campaign contributions. “We knew this race was getting very tight,” Oberweis told Fox News. No one has ever held Dick Durbin accountable for his failed policies in the past. But I intend to do exactly that with the voters of Illinois.”
Oberweis has received has received endorsements from prominent black ministers in Chicago including Bishop Larry Trotter, who used to be a Durbin supporter, who serves as pastor to an 8,000 member Chicago church.