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Jackson Jr. Polling Under 50 Percent

Jesse Jackson Jr. leads former Congresswoman Deb Halvorson in the upcoming March 20th Primary election, but not by much

By Mary Ann Ahern
|  Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012  |  Updated 8:42 PM CDT
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Jackson Jr. Polling Under 50 Percent

Cindy Barrymore

Jesse Jackson, Jr.

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Fewer than half of voters polled last week said they'd re-elect Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., according to data released Monday.

Jackson faces former Congresswoman Deb Halvorson in the upcoming March 20th Primary election.

While Jackson has the name recognition -- 96 percent compared to Halvorson's 56 percent -- he's not translating that into votes, Anzalone Liszt Research found.

The results of the polling, conducted Jan. 10 through Jan. 12, gives Jackson a 13 point lead, with the incumbent garnering 48 percent of the vote to Halvorson's 35 percent.

But that means Halvorson is gaining. Polling done in November by Fako & Associates of Lisle showed Halvorson getting just 18 percent of the vote.

The margin of error in last week's polling was +/- 4.9 percent.

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