Last Friday, we highlighted the latest Rasmussen poll on the Illinois governor's race and noted a strange oversight: While the polling firm tested Pat Quinn and Dan Hynes against GOP candidates Kirk Dillard, Andy McKenna, and Bill Brady, they forgot to include Republican ...
Last Friday, we highlighted the latest Rasmussen poll on the Illinois governor's race and noted a strange oversight: While the polling firm tested Pat Quinn and Dan Hynes against GOP candidates Kirk Dillard, Andy McKenna, and Bill Brady, they forgot to include Republican frontrunner Jim Ryan. On Sunday, Rasmussen corrected the error -- sort of -- by conducting a one-day poll that pitted Ryan against both Democratic candidates. Here's what it found:
A one-day poll conducted on a Sunday isn't much to go on, as Quinn himself noted in response:
Nonetheless, the poll does highlight some interesting dynamics, including the contrast in female support for the two Democrats. From the Rasmussen write-up:
Ryan carries male voters over both Quinn and Hynes. He has a nine-point advantage among female voters against Quinn but loses women by 10 points to Hynes.
On that note, Hynes is making a concerted effort to attract more female supporters. This week, he launched a "Women For Hynes" page, as well as this video featuring his wife:
Meanwhile, Quinn received the endorsement of the pro-choice advocacy group Personal PAC:
Terry Cosgrove, the president and CEO of the group, said Quinn got the backing over Democratic primary rival Dan Hynes because the organization has a policy of “sticking with the incumbent when he’s been 100 percent pro-choice.”
“Had this been an open race,” Cosgrove said, “the results could have been different.”
Personal PAC also endorsed Bob Schillerstrom in the GOP gubernatorial primary.
Full Disclosure: The SEIU Illinois State Council, which sponsors this website, has endorsed Pat Quinn in the Democratic primary for governor.