Jason Plummer, the 12th District GOP nominee, has a 4-point lead over Democratic rival Bill Enyart, according to a recent public opinion poll of district voters conducted by the Republican-leaning We Ask America firm, of Springfield.
Plummer, 30, a Fairview Heights real estate developer, leads Enyart 44-40 percent, according to the poll.
The We Are America poll results contrast to the results of a voter survey conducted three weeks ago by the Democratic Majority PAC. It showed Enyart leading Plummer by 8 points, or 49-41. A Democratic poll conducted last week reportedly had Enyart leading by 3 points, according to the Capitol Fax political blog, in Springfield.
Enyart, 63, a Belleville lawyer who retired from command of the Illinois National Guard with the rank of major general, entered the race in June after the primary winner Brad Harriman dropped out. Enyart is still having some trouble with Democrats, getting just 77 percent, compared to the 81 percent who favor Barack Obama's re-election as president, according to Capitol Fax.
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney, the GOP Presidential nominee, and Plummer are both polling 81 percent of Republicans, Capitol Fax reported.
Plummer, Enyart and Green Party nominee Bradshaw, 59, a Carbondale emergency room nurse, are seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, who is retiring after 24 years in office.