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Poll: Foster and Biggert Neck and Neck

A week before the election, poll shows less than a point difference between the 11th Congressional District rivals.

A new poll shows Democratic challenger Bill Foster leading incumbent Judy Biggert by less than 1 point in their battle to represent the new 11th District.

Professional polling firm We Ask America released the results of an automated Oct. 28 poll showing former 14th District Congressman Foster leading the seven-term Republican 50.4 percent to 49.6 percent.

According to the poll, which sampled more than 1,300 likely voters, the candidates were tied among women, while Foster had a slight — as in 2-point — lead among male voters. 

The race between Biggert and Foster has been a contentious one, with the two accusing each other of negative campaigning and Foster taking aim at Biggert over a controversial ad released by the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The ad accused Foster of personally profiting from his two-year stint representing the 14th District, a claim he called an "outright lie."

The opponents' last go-round came last week during a live televised debate on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight," where the two sounded off on tax cuts and gay marriage.

This week, Foster, who supported the Dream Act, appeared at a forum aimed at at addressing issues of interest to the Will County Latino community. Biggert sent a representative to discuss her views on immigration and related topics.

READ: Candidates Share Positions at Forum For Immigrant Community

The poll results were as follows:

Judy Biggert (R)Bill Foster (D) ALL VOTERS 49.6% 50.4% Females 50% 50% Males 48% 50%

Poll type: Automated Date: Oct. 28 Participants: 1,303 likely voters Margin of error: ± 2.7%

Frenchy October 31, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Bill Foster gets my vote for his stance on the Environment and he is endorsed by the Sierra Club. Go Bill!
John October 31, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Biggert's stands on civil unions (which I support) instead of gay marriage (because it won't just stop there) and maintaining the tax cuts (which people seem to forget that Obama kept in place when he took over) get my vote. While I personally don't like the fact that she's running for an 8th term, the alternative, in Bill Foster, is much worse.
Infamous Steve October 31, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Rather not have either of them in office.
Steve October 31, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Biggert has lost DuPage Township going all the way back to 2004. Those numbers have to be neutralized for her to eke out a victory. That could be the reason why early voting hours are severely restricted in Bolingbrook this time around.
Ralph "Cash" Beardsley October 31, 2012 at 06:35 PM
This poll sounds about right; We Ask America reportedly is a bit R-leaning; whoever has the better ground game here wins.
Alexis de Tocqueville November 01, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Apparently Bill Foster used to abuse his wife! Sounds like a war on women! Here's a link. http://billfosterabuse.com/
Olddeegee November 01, 2012 at 09:05 PM
What a pathetic excuse for an attack. Was he convicted or did his ex make this up? Seriously, you should be spending the Koch brothers money more intelligently. For instance, an unsubstantiated 15 year old claim means that you've actually surrendered your position as you don't really have a full thought going on here.
Bob November 03, 2012 at 08:32 AM
Proves there's more horses asses than there are horses.
Bob November 03, 2012 at 08:35 AM
Sierra club gets their orders from Putin.
John S November 03, 2012 at 07:03 PM
An interesting note that Biggert does not live in the NEW 11th Congressional that she is running for ... signs that she is just a professional politician that doesn't care for her constituents ... even in her own neighborhood. Vote for Foster ....
Beytier Von Hugh November 04, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I can't vote for Biggert. She's a career politican, which means she has no real understanding of the people she serves - her time has been spent in Washington for decades, not here! And with the gridlock in Washington, I can't support a person who's just rubber stamping the GOP NO campaign.
Jim Smith November 06, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Dems are desperate. Just read their posts.
Gerard Schilling November 06, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Keep voting Democrat and it wont matter because we will all be BANKRUPT!!! But then again that's what they want.
Brian November 06, 2012 at 12:24 AM
OH it's close. Quick, someone phone a friend and exclude some people so we can sway this democratic election of the people in our favor!
m b November 06, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Biggert needs to retire. Too long in office. I don't like career politicians.We need young, energetic people in office.

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