Understanding Illinois: Ill. Leans Democratic but Still Competitive

July 9, 2014

NowlanBy Jim Nowlan
Outside Columnist

“Illinois is still a competitive state that leans Democratic in statewide elections,” declares John Jackson, professor of political science at Southern Illinois University, based on a statewide survey he conducted recently.

Jackson says the national perception that Illinois is a deep blue (strongly Democratic) state is belied by the fact that Republicans hold a U.S. Senate seat and two statewide offices (treasurer and comptroller).

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