Illinois Leaders

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A new poll shows Democratic candidates John Kerry and Barack Obama held solid leads in Illinois.

According to a Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV poll, in the presidential race 50 percent of likely Illinois voters were in favor of Kerry, while 42 percent supported Bush and seven percent were undecided. Though Kerry maintained the lead in Illinois, Bush narrowed the gap.

In the Senate race, Obama held on to his firm lead over Republican Alan Keyes. Among the likely voters surveyed, 66 percent said they supported Obama, 19 percent favored Keyes and nine percent were undecided.