Connecticut Race Now A Toss Up?

Obama won Connecticut by a margin of 61% to 38%. There hasn’t been a Republican Senator there since Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. lost to Joe Lieberman in 1988. Every one of Connecticut’s 5 Reps are Democrats. Could this be the year?

The contest between Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon has been gradually closing over the past few months, and is now in single digits, according to some polls.

A Quinnipiac University poll (September 8-12 of 875 likely voters) gave Blumenthal a six-point lead over McMahon, 51 percent to 45 percent. They were statistically tied among independents, with Blumenthal taking 47 percent to 46 percent for McMahon, and among men where McMahon had a one-point advantage, 48 percent to 47 percent. Blumenthal enjoyed a 56-percent to 41-percent lead among women voters. Blumenthal’s job ratings were 70-percent approve to 26-percent disapprove. As impressive as these numbers are, his ratings in January were 84-percent approve to 11-percent disapprove. Blumenthal’s favorable/unfavorable ratings were 55 percent to 39 percent while McMahon’s were 45 percent to 41 percent. This poll looks a lot different than a January Quinnipiac survey that gave Blumenthal a 41-percent advantage over McMahon, 64 percent to 23 percent.

Rasmussen’s September 10th poll has it at 53-44%. And it could get closer, if this is all the Democrats have

Democrats’ main argument against McMahon centers on professional wrestling, particularly its darker side that includes substance abuse and allegations of illegal steroid use. They believe that their case is bolstered by the premature deaths of three former wrestlers in the past several weeks. Democrats hit McMahon on wrestling almost daily and the media constantly grills her on the topic. They believe that it will be McMahon’s undoing at the end of the day, particularly among women voters who make up a slim majority of the electorate. According to the Quinnipiac poll, Blumenthal’s 15-point lead among women tends to support their argument.

Well, it’s nice to know that Democrats want to discuss the issues, eh?

Jammie Wearing Fool points out that Blumenthal received the kiss of death, as Obama is making a campaign appearance for him today.

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2 Responses to “Connecticut Race Now A Toss Up?”

  1. I’ll be the first on at McMahon’s swearing in to start chanting “USA! USA!” – just because it makes Libs nuts.

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  2. Liberals do hate that saying, eh?

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