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2014 Governor Polls Update: Democrats Take Lead in Illinois, Colorado, Wisconsin, Maine, Michigan

CBS News/New York Times/YouGov, 9/20-10/1:


  • Hickenlooper (D): 49
  • Beauprez (R): 45


  • Burke (D): 49
  • Walker (R): 48


  • Quinn (D): 46
  • Rauner (R): 43


  • Schauer (D): 46
  • Snyder (R): 44


  • Michaud (D): 39
  • LePage (R): 37
  • Cutler (I): 10

While much of the focus is on the midterm Senate elections, the real power lies in the many gubernatorial seats up for grabs in November. The latest CBS News/New York Times/YouGov poll dump has some good news for Democrats in some of the tightest gubernatorial races in the country.

In Colorado, where a Fox News poll showed the race completely tied earlier this month, CBS/NYT have Democratic incumbent John Hickenlooper leading Republican challenger Bob Beauprez by a margin of 49-45. A Rasmussen poll in late September also had Hickenlooper up by 4.

In Wisconsin, where incumbent Republican Scott Walker led a Rasmussen and Marquette University poll in September, NYT/CBS have Democratic challenger Mary Burke up by 1 percent. Walker has been unable to pull away by more than a few percentage points in the polls and while he has led most of the polls, Burke is certainly making it close.

In Illinois, where a WeAskAmerica poll had Republican Bruce Rauner up by 3 percent in mid-September, CBS/NYT have Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn up by 3 while a recent Rasmussen poll has the Governor up by 2.

In Michigan, where Republican incumbent Rick Snyder had led nine straight polls since early September, CBS/NYT have Democratic challenger Mark Schauer pulling ahead by 2 percent.

In Maine, where incumbent Republican Governor Paul LePage led a September Pan Atlantic SMS poll by 5 percent, CBS/NYT have Democratic challenger Mike Michaud leading by 2 percent with 39 percent of the vote, LePage is at 37, and independent Eliot Cutler is at 10.

Shock Poll: Bruce Rauner Takes 13-Point Lead Over Democratic Incumbent Pat Quinn in Illinois

Chicago Sun-Times/We Ask America, 8/6
Illinois Governor

  • Rauner (R): 51
  • Quinn (D): 38

It’s not a shock that Republican Bruce Rauner leads Illinois’ Democratic incumbent Governor Pat Quinn but up until now he has led by just 3-5 percent. A new Chicago Sun-Times/We Ask America poll, however, has found Rauner trouncing Quinn by 13 percent in the latest survey.

The poll, conducted on August 6, sampling 1,085 likely voters with a 3.1 margin of error, finds businessman Bruce Rauner leading Governor Pat Quinn by a margin of 51-38.

In July, a Rasmussen poll had Rauner up by 5 percent and a CBS News/New York Times poll had Rauner up by 3 percent.

Among the poll’s respondents, 11 percent of likely voters say they remain undecided.

“While Mr. Rauner continues to enjoy a 13-point lead, this race will certainly tighten dramatically barring any unforeseen events,” We Ask America COO Gregg Durham told The Sun-Times. “An incumbent governor in a state with the sizable problems Illinois has often suffers in early polls with those who would have a tendency to back his party but may be disappointed with his performance. However, those same voters usually ‘come home’ on election day. Keep that in mind.”

“I think Rauner’s claim to ‘shake up Springfield’ may be resonating with voters,” Durham added. “It’s been in his TV ads and a big part of his speeches. Plus, it’s hard for a public official who has been around as long as Gov. Quinn to wear the reform hat when he’s been part of the system for so long.”