- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin leads his Republican challenger by 7 percentage points, according to a new poll that shows the Democrat’s cushion shrinking.

Mr. Durbin has a 47.8-40.5 percent edge over businessman and state Sen. Jim Oberweis, the Chicago Sun Times’ Early & Often Poll senate-race/mon-09012014-1214am” target=”_blank”>found.

As the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Mr. Durbin has enjoyed the kind of lead that fellow incumbents in red-leaning states like Arkansas and Louisiana have not. 

However, his margin appears to be shrinking. A Rasmussen poll from April had Mr. Durbin leading by 14 points, and a CBS News/New York Times/YouGov poll from July had him up by 8 points, according to the Sun Times.

Both candidates have weaknesses, the poll found, with voters reporting they are less likely to vote for long-time politicians like Mr. Durbin and candidates who run repeatedly, like Mr. Oberweis.