Updated polling on the 13th Congressional District race, released today by the campaign of Democrat David Gill, says that contest is a dead heat, with Gill drawing 40 percent to 39 percent for Republican Rodney Davis and 8 percent for independent John Hartman.
The new poll of 400 registered, likely general election voters was conducted Sept. 26-27 by pollster Donna Victoria of Takoma Park, Md.
The same pollster gave Gill a 36-30 lead in early August. At that time Hartman drew 9 percent of the vote.
The Gill campaign Monday noted that the Democrat, an emergecy room physician from Bloomington, is keeping the race close "despite the barrage of false negative television, radio and direct mail advertising against him for the last six weeks."
The Gill campaign says that more than $1 million has been spent on mostly attack ads against Gill.
“The amounts spent to smear Dr. Gill have been astounding this early for Central Illinois,” said pollster Donna Victoria. “Yet, David Gill still holds the slimmest of leads over his Republican opponent, Rodney Davis.”
More details in Tuesday's News-Gazette.