McMahon Pulls to Within Three of Blumenthal

McMahon Pulls to Within Three of Blumenthal

By Kyle Adams - September 28, 2010

In the race for retiring Democratic Senator Chris Dodd's seat in Connecticut, Republican Linda McMahon has cut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's lead to just three points in the latest poll from Quinnipiac University. Blumenthal leads 49-46 in the poll of 1,083 likely Connecticut voters. The Quinnipiac poll comes a day after Rasmussen Reports released a poll showing Blumenthal leading McMahon by five points, 50-45.

McMahon, who has spent upwards of $20 million of her own money on the contest thus far, has steadily climbed back into the race, narrowing Blumenthal's lead to 10 points in early August and again to seven in September. The former wrestling executive has capitalized on the wave of anti-establishment anger and frustration with President Obama that has bolstered insurgent candidates across the country this election cycle. Seventy-six percent of voters say they are either dissatisfied or angry with the government. Of the 33 percent who said they are "angry" with the government, 78 percent back McMahon.

And despite President Obama earning 60 percent of the vote in the Nutmeg State in 2008, 51 percent of likely Connecticut voters now say they disapprove of the job the president is doing.

Still, slightly more voters have a favorable opinion of Blumenthal (51 percent) than McMahon (42 percent).

In recognition of the tightening race, Blumenthal has enlisted the help of President Obama and former President Bill Clinton. Additionally, the AFL-CIO recently released a mailer attacking McMahon in an attempt to mobilize union voters.

The poll was conducted from September 21st through 26th. It has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

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