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Poll shows Bertino-Tarrant with 20-point lead in Will County executive race

Rival Palmer says its still early

State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, published results of a poll which showed her with a 20-point advantage over her Democratic rival Nick Palmer in their race to be the next Will County Executive.
State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, published results of a poll which showed her with a 20-point advantage over her Democratic rival Nick Palmer in their race to be the next Will County Executive.

State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant’s campaign published the results of a poll showing her with a 20-point lead in the 2020 race for Will County executive.

Her Democratic rival Nick Palmer said it’s still early.

The telephone survey of 690 Will County Democratic primary voters, from Public Policy Polling, showed Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, garnering 29% of the vote to Palmer’s 9%.

In a news release, Bertino-Tarrant also highlighted her lead among various demographic groups, including voters between the ages of 30 and 65, and male, female, African American, Latino and white voters.

Her campaign pointed out her 24% favorability rating compared with Palmer’s 8% among voters.

In an attachment titled “Why Bertino-Tarrant wins,” the state lawmaker made her case for winning the Democratic nomination to replace longtime Will County Executive Larry Walsh. She argued her fundraising ability, election track record countywide and for the state Senate and her support from local elected officials made her the strongest candidate.

Palmer, who serves as Walsh’s chief of staff, argued it was “super early” to look at polling numbers considering he began his campaign in August. The poll was conducted in late September.

“I don’t put a lot of stock into polls, especially at this point,” he said.

He conceded Bertino-Tarrant had the advantage in terms of name recognition among voters because he hasn’t been a “repeat candidate.”

Palmer highlighted his local support, including endorsements from several Will County Board Democrats. Palmer also pointed out his fundraising was not too far behind Bertino-Tarrant’s, with $61,000 raised compared with her $114,000 over the last quarter. Bertino-Tarrant already had more than $300,000 in her campaign fund before July, according to state board of elections records.

“I’m rapidly making progress,” Palmer said.

“Come March 17, I’ll be in a much better place,” he said.

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