Bobby Schilling Lead in 17th District Is Strong

-By Warner Todd Huston

Public Opinion Strategies has conducted a poll of the newly reconfigured 17th Congressional District and finds that, despite the fact that Democrats redrew the district to favor a Democrat challenger, current Congressman, Republican Bobby Schilling has a very strong lead.

Schilling leads Democrat challenger Cheri Bustos with a 51-35 result in polling thus far. This is an incredibly strong position in a redistricted area that favors the reelection of Barack Obama by ten points.

The polling firm concludes its recently released report with the following:

Despite running in a district that was drawn to favor Democrats and where the President leads by ten points, Bobby Schilling begins this race in a strong position. Schilling has a solid image and a 16 point lead on the ballot, all good signs for the incumbent Congressman. However, make no mistake, Democrats drew this seat with the goal of making Schilling a one-term Congressman and will presumably invest significant resources to do so. In order for Schilling to maintain his double-digit lead, the key will be to have the financial resources to define Bustos before she (and her national Democratic allies) can define herself.

Looks like a good lead that will be hard for the Democrat challenger to overcome.

About Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's, and all Breitbart News' other sites,,, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.
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