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Monday, Nov 23, 2015

* Press release…

Today, Raja Krishnamoorthi filed over 400% of the required petitions to qualify for Illinois’ 8th District Democratic primary ballot in March and released an inside look at his grassroots campaign by the numbers.

In addition to establishing what observers have called a “huge head start” and “commanding financial lead,” Raja’s campaign already mobilized over 100 volunteers and contacted thousands of primary voters throughout the 8th District. In addition, Raja personally knocked on 1,126 doors.

Responding to the news, Raja said, “I am flattered by the outpouring of support and activity throughout the 8th District. It is clear that our message of helping working families reach and hold on to economic security is resonating with voters, and puts our campaign in a position to win. I’m happy to say that we’re just getting started.”

So far, Raja’s campaign has:

    Called 11,897 voters
    Knocked 10,116 doors
    Activated 110 volunteers
    Earned 106 grassroots endorsements
    Held 13 coffees and open houses
    Opened 1 office and 2 staging locations
    Canvassed for 2,775 petition signatures

* From state Sen. Mike Noland…

Today the Noland for Congress campaign officially submitted 2,117 signatures to the Illinois State Board of Elections. By submitting these petitions and a statement of candidacy, Noland officially becomes a candidate in the Democratic Primary for Illinois’ 8th Congressional district.

“I am so humbled by the outpouring of support from voters across the northwest suburbs. Throughout this process I have had the opportunity to meet voters at their homes, at train stations, and at community events.” said Noland, who personally collected over 679 signatures from voters. “Voters are ready for change; they are tired of the same old Washington politics. Voters are yearning for effective goverment and I am the only the candidate in this race who has a record of creating change through the legislative process.”

Noland is currently the front-runner to replace Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, who is vacating her seat to run for the United States Senate. A recent poll conducted by one of Noland’s opponents showed him with a seven-point lead over his two challengers, and after voters are provided more information about the candidates, Noland’s lead expands. His campaign has earned the support of over a dozen labor organizations, Kane County Democrats, Northside Democracy for America, and over 75 elected officials including Senate President John J. Cullerton and former Senate President Emil Jones Jr.

* That poll was indeed interesting and I never got around to posting it, so here it is…

October 13, 2015

To: Interested Parties
Fr: Brian Stryker / Kevin Akins
Re: Summary of Democratic Primary Voters in Illinois CD-08

With less than six months until the primary, the race to become the Democratic nominee in IL-CD-08 is up for grabs. None of the three announced candidates has a defined brand throughout the district, and 41% of voters are undecided. Deb Bullwinkel trails initially, but voters quickly warm to her in the poll. If we have the financial resources to tell our story,Bullwinkel can win.

The Democratic primary to replace Tammy Duckworth is wide open.

• No candidate is known to move voters (Noland 36% name ID / Krishnamoorthi 34% name ID / Bullwinkel 17% name ID).

• As a result, the race for Congress is yet to be determined. The largest share of voters is undecided (41%); Mike Noland holds a small lead in the race (Noland 29% / Krishnamoorthi 22% / Bullwinkel 8%).

In an “informed vote” where voters hear more information about all three candidates, Bullwinkel gains the most vote share and tightens the race.

Information given to voters:

Deb Bullwinkel is the Mayor of Villa Park. Bullwinkel worked as a journalist out of college, covering our communities. She’s a small business owner who will fight for fair wages, she mentors students in Villa Park, and she worked at mental health nonprofits to help families get the health care they need. As Mayor she invested in infrastructure, creating hundreds of good paying middle-class jobs. Bullwinkel will go to Congress to fight for the middle class,working to bring good jobs here and make it easier to afford to raise a family.

Mike Noland is a Navy Veteran and State Senator from Elgin who says he’s the only proven progressive running and that he’s stood up against Republicans in Springfield. Noland will fight for universal health care and tax reform to help the middle class.

Raja Krishnamoorthi runs a small business in Schaumburg that creates renewable energy products. He also served as Deputy Treasurer for Illinois where he helped revamp the state’s unclaimed property system and ran a technology fund that created hundreds of good-paying jobs. Raja served as issues director for Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate campaign and was an advisor to his Presidential campaign. Raja wants to bring common sense problem solving to Washington, not partisan politics based on ideologies.

    • After voters hear positive information about each candidate, Bullwinkel gains +16 points (twice what Noland gains and four times what Krishnamoorthi gains). She moves within the margin of error of Raja (37% Noland / 26% Krishnamoorthi / 24% Bullwinkel).

    o Krishnamoorthi’s lack of vote growth in this exercise suggests that his fundraising advantage will be muted by his less-compelling narrative.

    • More people pick Bullwinkel as their second choice than the other two candidates (32% Bullwinkel / 29% Noland / 27% Krishnamoorthi), suggesting more expansion potential for Bullwinkel as voters get to know her better.

    • The largest share of voters (41%) is currently undecided, and Bullwinkel wins them in the informed vote (32% Bullwinkel /28% Noland / 13% Krishnamoorthi).

Anzalone Liszt Grove Research conducted N=400 live telephone interviews with likely March 2016 Democratic Primary voters in Illinois’ Eighth Congressional District. Interviews were conducted between October 8-11, 2015. Respondents were selected at random, with interviews apportioned geographically based on past voter turnout. Expected margin of sampling error is ±4.9% with a 95% confidence level.

I don’t know much about Bullwinkel’s campaign yet, but those ain’t bad numbers if she can raise some cash. The takeaway on Noland is that if he raises enough money to get his message out he might be more competitive than some folks think.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

14 Comments
  1. - illini - Monday, Nov 23, 15 @ 12:00 pm:

    I have met and have had a chance to talk to both Raja and Mike. This will be an interesting Primary to watch.

    In my part of the state I’ll just watch the sparing between McCarter and Shimkus - that should be fun!


  2. - Empty Suit - Monday, Nov 23, 15 @ 12:08 pm:

    “..he’s the only proven progressive running and that he’s stood up against Republicans in Springfield” ..all 20 of them!


  3. - old pol - Monday, Nov 23, 15 @ 12:12 pm:

    Raja has hired Boris and Natasha to help him against Bullwinkle.


  4. - Carhartt Representative - Monday, Nov 23, 15 @ 12:14 pm:

    Bullwinkel is a Democrat? I guess it’s a shame the Bull Moose party never caught on. This one looks really close and may come down to turnout.


  5. - Precinct Captain - Monday, Nov 23, 15 @ 12:22 pm:

    ==The takeaway on Noland is that if he raises enough money to get his message out he might be more competitive than some folks think.==

    Noland better get on call time then.


  6. - Educated in the Suburbs - Monday, Nov 23, 15 @ 12:39 pm:

    I know both Raja and Deb and I like them both a lot. What impresses me about Deb’s campaign is how devoted her “fan-base” is, and how many of them are from outside traditional political circles — like a lot of not-very-political suburban moms, a lot of whom have met her via things like the PTA over the last 15 years or so. They just adore her, and they’re unusually willing to stump for her (she pops up on my facebook feed all. the. time. from friends-of-friends-of-friends sharing information about how to volunteer for her campaign and talking about how great she is). I don’t know how sophisticated her campaign team is, but she’s got a LOT of grassroots supporters.


  7. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Nov 23, 15 @ 1:48 pm:

    Old pol - You beat me to it!


  8. - Robert the Bruce - Monday, Nov 23, 15 @ 2:24 pm:

    With 41% undecided, and with little money spent on ads yet, I’m not sure polling means much at this point.


  9. - DavidRSmith - Monday, Nov 23, 15 @ 2:24 pm:

    Playing down Mike Noland is great idea and one I hope continues until election day when he is elected Congressman Mike Noland. Perhaps on that day “political pundits” will finally give Mike Noland his political due. So far I tip my hat to the only Military Veteran in the race to replace Tammy — Mike Noland!


  10. - Abe the Babe - Monday, Nov 23, 15 @ 2:27 pm:

    To Team Raja, please resurrect this line at the debate.

    “I know Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. You sir, are no Jack Kennedy. Oh and stop plagiarizing him too.”


  11. - Unknown - Monday, Nov 23, 15 @ 7:14 pm:

    I’ve met both Raja and Noland several times now. Raja comes off as smart and truly genuine, someone we need in Congress. Mike has met me on a number of occasions and never remembers me. Seems too opportunistic.


  12. - 8thDistrictDem - Monday, Nov 23, 15 @ 7:21 pm:

    Nice work from Raja’s campaign, he has the money to win and an strong grassroots campaign. Looks Raja collected 30% more petition signatures than Noland too.


  13. - DuPage Bard - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 11:46 am:

    30% more signatures -wow….. with his personal wealth he should be able to hire the best campaign walkers out there. Sad that Raja is bringing nothing to the table but money and promises, sounds like a Governor we all know. BTW don’t even bring up his time as Alexi and Rod’s guy when he worked for the State. How much money did Bright Start lose under Raja?


  14. - Cookie O'Puss - Wednesday, Nov 25, 15 @ 3:05 pm:

    Having followed this race since early this spring, I stand with Raja. Noland’s tone and campaign demonstrates a lack of organization and patience that will render him ineffective among 434 other members of Congress. Raja’s background as someone who has benefited from the social safety net during hard times, to someone who has used education, hard work and persistence to create opportunity for his loved ones and others will serve the 8th district more effectively than someone whose entire income is staked on winning an election. I thank Mike Noland for his service in the State Senate and look forward to Raja effectively representing and advocating for the 8th District in Congress.


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