Right now, the outlook for Halvorson appears grim. The Hill/ANGA poll found she trails Kinzinger by 18 points — 49 percent to 31. Another 18 percent of likely voters remain undecided.Kinzinger today also received the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune :
Kinzinger also leads among most major demographic groups. He’s ahead by 26 points among male voters and by 11 percent among females, and leads in all age groups by 10 points or more. Kinzinger also holds a wide lead with independent voters — 53 percent to 24.
Undecided voters lean toward the right; 27 percent described themselves as Republicans compared to 16 percent who said they are Democrats.
No place seems more ripe for change than the 11th District, which runs from the far southwest suburbs to Bloomington.
You have to wonder how someone who is personally so chipper as Democratic Rep. Debbie Halvorson, of Crete, can run the contemptuous and condescending ad campaign she has against Adam Kinzinger. Based on the ads, you’d think Kinzinger, of Manteno, is both a callow youth and an old-hack pol. “Young man, you have no idea what you’re doing,” one guy says in an ad, as though Kinzinger is about to run off and join the circus. A Halvorson mailer photo-shopped Kinzinger in front of a flag of communist China. Oh, spare us.
So here’s the story. Adam Kinzinger is 32. He was elected at age 20 to the McLean County Board and served for five years. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he signed up for the Air Force. He was deployed twice to Iraq and flew missions into Afghanistan. (Just as an aside, he once disarmed a man who had attacked a woman with a knife in Madison, Wis.)
The young man has accomplished a great deal.
And yet Halvorson’s ads derisively dismiss him as a “politician.” Halvorson, take note, spent 12 years in the Illinois Senate and the last two years in the U.S. House. Red ink, meet red ink.
Kinzinger is one of the most impressive new candidates we have seen this year. He puts a premium on energy independence, on creating a climate that encourages business to create jobs, on finding new markets for the employers who put people to work in the 11th District. He makes a sure-footed defense of his conservative views. Kinzinger is endorsed.
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