- - Thursday, October 21, 2010


Poll: Boozman’s lead widening

LITTLE ROCK | A new poll shows that Republican Rep. John Boozman has widened his lead over incumbent Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln in his bid to unseat her.

A Mason-Dixon Polling and Research telephone poll conducted for the Stephens Media Group and released Thursday found that 55 percent of likely voters interviewed said they planned to back Mr. Boozman, while 34 percent said they’d back Mrs. Lincoln.

Five percent of respondents were undecided, and the rest picked the independent or Green Party candidates.

Mr. Boozman’s 21-percentage-point lead over Mrs. Lincoln is larger than the 17-point lead he had in a similar poll in September.

The poll of 625 likely voters was conducted between Friday and Tuesday. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


Obama to lead Chicago rally

A White House official says President Obama will headline a Democratic rally in Chicago on the final weekend before Election Day.

The Oct. 30 rally, hosted by the Democratic National Committee, will benefit candidates nationwide. Mr. Obama has headlined several similar rallies, including one in Columbus, Ohio, last weekend that drew 35,000.

Mr. Obama’s hometown, Chicago, has been a frequent campaign destination for the president. The race for his former Senate seat is a close contest between Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Republican Rep. Mark Steven Kirk.

The White House official says Mr. Obama will make other stops that weekend. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the president’s schedule has not been formally announced.


GOP has edge in small cash

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