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IL 06: Roskam Up Huge

Two years after a close race against an Iraq war veteran with a compelling story, Republican freshman Rep. Peter Roskam faces another veteran with good credentials, and being from Illinois, Roskam has to contend with home-state excitement surrounding Barack Obama. But a new poll for Roskam's campaign shows the suburban Chicago Republican in good position to keep his seat.

The poll, conducted by Republican firm Public Opinion Strategies, surveyed 400 likely voters between 7/20-22 for a margin of error of +/- 4.9%. Roskam and former state Deputy Homeland Security Director Jill Morgenthaler, the Democratic nominee, were tested.

General Election Matchup
Roskam.................59
Morgenthaler.........29

Obama...................49
McCain...................41

Roskam's big lead over Morgenthaler comes in spite of Obama's lead in a district that gave President Bush a six-point win in 2004. Roskam won his first race, against Iraq war vet Tammy Duckworth, by a narrow two-point margin in 2006.