Friday, September 21, 2012
Poll Puts Disgraced Chicago Rep Ahead Of Challenger
A new poll this week suggests a disgraced Chicago legislator may find himself back in his seat in Springfield come January. Derrick Smith, a Chicago Democrat, is accused of taking a $7,000 bribe and his colleagues kicked him out last month in the first Illinois House expulsion in more than a century.
The poll, conducted by We Ask America and first reported this week on the Capitol Fax political blog, shows Smith leading challenger Lance Tyson 48 percent to 9 percent. The automated poll of 556 registered voters in the 10th District on the west side of Chicago was done Sept. 12. About 43 percent of those polled said they are undecided. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.15 percentage points.
Dick Simpson, political science professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a former Chicago alderman said poll results can be flakey. “Nonetheless, it does indicate Derrick Smith could well win the election despite being thrown out of the House on impeachment and being indicted by the federal government.”
On the other hand, Simpson observed, “At the moment, it probably is true that if you had the election today Derrick Smith would be elected. But we’re not holding the election today. We’re holding it in November.”
You can read Jayette's full report at: http://watchdog.org/56834/il-smith-challenger-still-has-time-to-gain-ground-in-10th-district-race/
In the pic: Derrick Smith