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Poll: Biss surging in Illinois governor's race

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WSIL -- Democratic candidate Daniel Biss is gaining ground in the race for Illinois governor, according to a new poll.

Biss has surged to a solid second place in the crowded Democratic primary. The state senator from Evanston is now five percentage points ahead of Chris Kennedy (17-12%).

The poll from We Ask America shows that while billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker remains the frontrunner (30%), his poll numbers have fallen nine percentage points since October.

Over the last several weeks, voters across the state have been inundated with a political ad from Gov. Bruce Rauner's campaign, using FBI recordings of conversations between Pritzker and disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The poll appears to be a sign that the ads have cast doubt on Pritzker among some voters.

"The We Ask America poll confirms what we already knew," said Abby Witt, campaign manager for Biss. "Voters understand the choice in this primary: a middle-class candidate with a progressive record and bold vision for Illinois' future, or a billionaire businessman who's now promising to fix the same broken systems he's benefited from. We're excited to continue growing Team Biss, and to build a state that works for the rest of us." 

What's more surprising, the poll shows 38 percent of voters say they remain undecided in the Democratic primary, with seven weeks to go.

"Biss' improvement puts him within striking distance in the Democrat-rich environments of Chicago and Suburban Cook. He falters elsewhere–especially downstate," the pollsters write. "Pritkzer's superior resources still make him the favorite, but the race is tightening up and may prove to ultimately be closer than once believed."

The poll was conducted before Tuesday night's Democratic forum at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

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