|Election 2006||Latest Polls||Senate Races||House Races||Governor Races|
|Poll||Date||Sample||Simmons (R)||Courtney (D)||Und.||Spread|
|Research 2000||10/28 - 10/30||600 LV||47||48||5||Courtney +1|
|Reuters/Zogby||10/24 - 10/29||500 LV||47||42||11||Simmons +5|
|RT Strategies/CD||10/24 - 10/26||947 LV||45||51||4||Courtney +6|
|Grove Insight (D)||10/25 - 10/25||400 LV||42||46||--||Courtney +4|
|Pub Op Str (R)||10/22 - 10/23||400 LV||50||43||--||Simmons +7|
|Univ. of Connecticut||10/12 - 10/18||774 LV||46||44||8||Simmons +2|
|Reuters/Zogby||9/25 - 10/2||500 LV||44||41||15||Simmons +3|
|Pub Op Str (R)||9/24 - 9/25||400 LV||50||36||--||Simmons +14|
|Grove Insight (D)||8/28 - 8/30||400 LV||40||41||--||Courtney +1|
|RT Strategies/CD||8/27 - 8/29||1,010 RV||45||51||3||Courtney +6|
|Bennett, Petts (D)||4/10 - 4/17||600 LV||44||35||--||Simmons +9|
A just-released poll by the University of Connecticut gives Simmons a small two point lead. Lieberman’s likely substantial victory over Democrat Ned Lamont (he leads Lamont by 12.2% in the latest RCP Average) is also working to help Simmons on the margins, as well as the very popular Republican Gov. Jodi Rell who is cruising to reelection.
This race continues to drop on our list of competitive house seats and is currently ranked #22. Simmons holds the advantage as we enter the home stretch.
(September 2) Connecticut’s 2nd District covers the eastern 2/5th of the state from the north to the south. It is, by far, the most rural of all of Connecticut’s five congressional districts. In the 90s, the economic base shifted from energy to tourism – and, during that time, the district has shifted toward the Democrats. In 2000, Bush carried just 40% of the vote. This is what was so surprising about Rob Simmons’ surprise victory over 10-term incumbent Democrat Sam Gejdenson that year.
Since then, Simmons has faced challengers who have been able to spend at least $1 million. This year, he faces a rematch against his 2002 opponent, former state representative Joe Courtney – who had raised more by mid-summer than he had in all of 2002. Simmons has been stressing his independence in Congress; Courtney has been doing everything he can to tie Simmons to Bush. A feather in Simmons’ cap: he has the support of a good portion of labor leaders. While the AFL-CIO has endorsed Courtney, Simmons has the support of several dozen labor leaders – and he has raised more than $100,000 from labor sources.
Simmons (R) 54
Sullivan (D) 46
Kerry (D) 54
Bush (R) 44