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Drury gets million-dollar contribution

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2018

* This has been rumored all week…

Word is that Dury’s new TV ad ties fellow attorney general candidate Pat Quinn to Speaker Madigan. I’ll post it when I get it.

Weirdest year ever.

…Adding… This is an odd poll story because it’s so bereft of numbers, but at the very least it shows Drury believes he’s surging

DRURY INTERNAL POLL — Attorney General candidate Scott Drury released an internal poll Tuesday that showed big movement for Drury, and challengers Kwame Raoul and Pat Quinn in both directions. Drury’s support has jumped 5 percent, Raoul’s 9 percent. Quinn still leads the full slate of candidates although his support dropped about 20 percent. The poll was conducted by Deep Blue Strategies of Chicago. Thirty-three percent of respondents were undecided.

Jumped 5 percent or 5 points? Big difference. I’ll assume it means points. Also, he’s jumped 5 since when? And where’s he at now? 5? 10? I’ve asked the campaign for an explanation.

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  1. - Gotta love - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 12:00 am:

    Glad Drury started the race to blow the caps and is ending it with one million dollars since he “can’t be bought”

  2. - Chicago Cynic - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 12:01 am:

    You can thank Local 150 for seeing a million bucks more Drury ads.

  3. - WizzardOfOzzie - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 12:09 am:

    Cool. One week’s worth of advertising.

    It’s getting really difficult to determine what is this biggest waste of money in Illinois politics… but this is likely going to take the cake.

  4. - Race Is On - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 12:34 am:

    Undecideds clearly don’t like Quinn - who they know - or Raoul who has spent a ton. The other candidates who claim to be anti-machine, should clear a path for Drury who now has the money to win this.

  5. - Undecided - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 1:09 am:

    Gotta hand it to Drury. Madigan has come at him with everything he’s got and come up empty. Will be interesting to see if other good government donors follow Miller’s lead.

  6. - Late Night - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 1:34 am:

    ===You can thank Local 150 for seeing a million bucks more Drury ads.====
    I think they knew this might be coming and tried to get ahead of it

  7. - Not a Federal Prosecuter - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 1:37 am:

    A million bucks can make you fly like an eagle. Thanks Steve Miller

  8. - WhoDunnit - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 1:42 am:

    This race is far from over. So many undecided voters. Will this begin a wave of good government donors (think Independent Maps) rallying behind Drury?

  9. - Smirking - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 2:40 am:

    I’m starting to think Drury can pull this off. The other candidates aren’t resonating. And try as Madigan did, he failed in his efforts to get Drury out of the race. The super PAC ads probably even helped Drury’s name recognition - as did the failed ballot challenge.

  10. - Labor - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 4:38 am:

    Good for Sweeney and his 150 team seeing a potential problem and doing something about it when it only seemed like a big if. I wish more groups had 150s guts to get involved.

  11. - Drury - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 7:05 am:

    First, Drury is a hypocrite. He was elected state representative only because Speaker Madigan cleared the field for him.
    Second, Drury has zero ground game. The unions will be out on force for Kwame. Madigan is highly motivated too.
    Third, this contribution is too late in the game. 1 month ago, it would have possibly made a difference.

  12. - Madigan - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 7:41 am:

    First, Madigan would never have cleared the field in order to bring a fed into his House.
    Second, Drury obviously is not relying on the union boss vote. We have to assume the undecideds are voters who don’t care what those bosses say.
    Third, Politico reported a big jump by Drury in the polls. Things have gotten very interesting.

  13. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 7:55 am:

    I woulda took $250K and been just as “upset” when Drury places out of the winner’s circle as much as the next guy…

  14. - State worker - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 8:05 am:

    It’s all about low base rates.

  15. - Flat Bed Ford - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 8:14 am:

    Madigan would have a very long summer/fall if the AG matchup is Drury v Harold. I hope that happens for the sake of Illinois.

  16. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 8:51 am:

    One million for Drury at this stage is some serious mad money.

    I get the impression that many think the Illinois AG office has U.S. Attorney-like powers of investigation and prosecution.

    Not even close, not even the same ballgame. You think GAs and governors past would have given an ambitious Illinois politician the power to come after them? That’s just silly.

  17. - anon - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 9:01 am:

    word - keep in mind several AG candidates have called for legislation to expand the powers of the AG (and one or more want to simply assert broader powers). No matter how realistic, perhaps the view may be that one of these changes will actually occur.

  18. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 9:07 am:

    The optimists are out in number this week

  19. - The Captain - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 9:07 am:

    Early money is like yeast but this is just a waste of perfectly good dough.

  20. - amalia - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 9:07 am:

    what is the best poll on this race?

  21. - Last Bull Moose - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 9:18 am:

    I read this as a concerted effort to stop Quinn from winning. We now have three sets of anti-Quinn ads. Two from marginal candidates.

    Who is behind this and what do they fear?

  22. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 9:22 am:

    This is hilarious. If Drury gets to double digits I will be shocked.

  23. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 9:24 am:

    steven miller should be fired instead of rex tillerson

  24. - LXB - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 9:32 am:

    Seems like if the plain numbers were all that good for Drury, they’d have released those instead of just movement. And by my math (assuming those are percentage points), Quinn had at least a 30-point lead in the previous poll?

  25. - Robrt Lincoln - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 10:16 am:

    I’m willing to bet most of the 1:00- 2:40 AM posts are coming from the same IP address

  26. - Just Observing - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 10:31 am:

    === The super PAC ads probably even helped Drury’s name recognition - as did the failed ballot challenge. ===

    I agree. Although, I still don’t think Drury has a chance. This money could have been really helpful two months ago.

  27. - Annonin' - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 10:39 am:

    Wonderin’ if Capt Fax will have a new Golden HorseShoe for most fruitless campaign spendin’
    Uline or Miller or a tie?

  28. - Anon - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 10:54 am:

    Drury is the Martin Shkreli of Illinois politics. Hey, at least he brings people together.

  29. - a drop in - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 11:38 am:

    “Politico reported a big jump by Drury in the polls”

    Politico reported on the same internal poll. Doesn’t add anything.

  30. - walker - Wednesday, Mar 14, 18 @ 11:56 am:

    No. Not that Stephen Miller.

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