negative, and false attacks from the corporate special interests and lobbyists who fear acandidate who says he will not take one penny of their money that tries to inﬂuence his vote.We knew that. What we did not know was just how tough the good doctor could be in the faceof such attacks. The amounts spent to smear Dr. Gill have been astounding. So far, at least $1milion has been spent by his opponents on mostly negative attacks against Dr. Gill on theairwaves –
and yet, Dr. David Gill still holds the slimmest of leads over his Republicanopponent, career political operative Rodney Davis.
Key results are as follows:
The initial trial heat in this district is 40% for David Gill, 8% for John Hartman(Independent), and 39% for Rodney Davis, with the remainder undecided.
Davis continues to run a weak and substance-free campaign, and it shows; only 17%of voters say they have heard anything in the campaign that makes them feel morepositive towards Davis. He has coalesced the Republican base in the district, but hehas been unable to expand his appeal to the middle of the electorate.Dr. Gill, on the other hand, is building support among key voter cohorts that he needsin order to win, and leads over Rodney Davis on all the substantive measures in thisbrief poll:When asked
“who will prevent tax increases on the middle class”
a plurality ofvoters chooses Gill over Davis.When asked “
who understands the challenges facing ordinary working people”
voters choose Gill over Davis by an even wider margin.There is one item where Rodney Davis is in the lead; when voters are asked
“whowill cut your Medicare coverage”
Rodney is in the lead by 23 percentagepoints!
Apparently, all the big-money negative attacks in the world are not going toconvince the sensible voters of central and southwest Illinois that a family physicianand ER doctor who has been a long-time advocate of expanding
Medicare for All
isthe one who is going to gut Medicare. In fact, the latest attack ad against Dr. Gill onthis issue was so outrageous it got the “Liar, Liar, Pants on ﬁre” rating from Politifact.
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