Kerry Holds Strong Lead in Illinois

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The Chicago Tribune/WGNTV poll finds that 52-percent of Illinoisans surveyed backed Kerry, compared with 38-percent who favor Bush going into the November election.

The results are identical to a Tribune/WGN poll taken in February, before Kerry had even won his party's nomination.

Only five-percent of those polled said they're still undecided, while four- percent planned to vote for another candidate.

The survey also found that 42-percent of Illinois voters call themselves Democrats, compared to 29-percent who identify themselves as being Republican.

The survey of 700 likely voters in Illinois had an error margin of four percentage points.