Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is leading in several downstate districts, according to a recent poll.
The poll, conducted over Oct. 28 and 29 by Ogden & Fry and commissioned by Liberty Principles PAC, shows Trump leading Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in much of the Metro East and southern Illinois.
Trump holds the largest lead in House District 111, where Republican challenger Mike Babcock is facing off with incumbent Daniel Beiser (D-Alton). The latest numbers show Trump leading Clinton by 27 points.
Polls also show Trump leading in House District 112, where Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) is being challenged by Democrat contender Katie Stuart, with Trump ahead by 13 percent. In House District 113, where Republican Katherine Ruocco has is pitted against incumbent Jay Hoffman (D-Carbondale), Trump is leading Clinton by 1 percentage point.
In Senate District 58, Trump is in the lead by 18 percent over Clinton. That district race featuresRepublican candidate Paul Schimpf, of Waterloo, facing off against Democrat challenger Sheila Simon, of Carbondale. The candidates are vying to replace state Sen. David Luechtefeld (R-Okawville). Luechtefeld is retiring after serving for 22 years in the General Assembly. Schimpf took 67.08 percent of the vote in the March Republican primary to defeat Sharee Langenstein.
The general election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Liberty Principles PAC was founded by Dan Proft. Proft is also a principal of Local Government Information Services (LGIS), which owns the Metro East Sun.