Illinois Review –
The Chicago-based polling firm Ogden & Fry attributes State Senator Kirk Dillard’s second place finish in the GOP gubernatorial primary to 65,000 Democrats that pulled a GOP ballot on Election Day.
“The polling before the 2014 Republican Primary for Governor was pretty consistent. All the polls had Bruce Rauner with a comfortable double-digit lead. The unions made a strong late push for Dillard, but their efforts did not gain traction with Republican voters,” a press release said.
A significant 65,000 Democrat crossover vote made an impact by narrowing Rauner’s victory to only 4%, Ogden & Fry said in an election review analysis.
“The expected turnout of 750,000 voters jumped to a noticeably higher 815,000. If the 65,000 crossover votes are removed from Dillard, the actual Republican turnout was pretty close to the pre-election polls,” they said.