October 4th, 2010
09:19 AM ET
8 years ago

Showdown in Connecticut Senate Battle

(CNN) - Linda McMahon and Richard Blumenthal step into the political ring Monday night for their first face-to-face showdown in the fight for the Senate seat long held by Connecticut Democrat Chris Dodd.

McMahon, the former chief executive of pro-wrestling's World Wrestling Entertainment and the GOP Senate nominee, and Blumenthal, Connecticut's longtime Democratic attorney general, will share the same stage in Hartford for their first debate.

The debate comes as recent polling indicates the race is now a dead heat.

A Quinnipiac University survey released last week showed McMahon trailing Blumenthal 49 to 46 percent among likely voters, with four percent undecided. Blumenthal's three-point advantage was within the poll's sampling error, and down from a six-point margin in a Quinnipiac survey conducted earlier in September.

Nine percent who named a candidate said they may change their minds by the November election. According to the poll, McMahon held a five-point advantage among independent voters, a switch from two weeks ago when independents were split between the two candidates.

The issue of minimum wage may come up in the debate. Last week, Democrats attacked McMahon for remarks she made in a give and take with reporters that have been interpreted as meaning she would be in favor of possibly lowering the minimum wage and that she didn't know that the current minimum wage is $8.25 per hour in Connecticut.

McMahon's campaign hit back, arguing that reporters had misinterpreted her answers.

Dodd, who was first elected to the Senate in 1980, announced earlier this year that he would not seek another term in office.

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Filed under: 2010 • Connecticut • Linda McMahon • Richard Blumenthal
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  1. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Up to now, Linda McMahon has only allowed herself to be interviewed in pre-scripted meetings with reporters of her choice, only answering questions she was willing to do, and only if her people had final cut on any broadcast segment. When she recently appeared on a live radio program, she managed to spend almost an hour not answering any question she was asked about what her ideas were, nor would she answer any questions about the contradictions between her advertised statements about businesses and her own business practices, including collecting large tax credits geared to the entertainment industry.
    I look forward to her actually having to answer questions and receive rebuttal from Dick Blumenthal. Also, any time her image is shown on any WWE broadcast on any network in CT, the station doing so should also provide the same amount of time to Mr. Blumenthal! Here's to tonight's "Smackdown"!

    October 4, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. John

    Linda McMahon was no business being in the U.S.Senate. She too go back too what she was doing. She was good at that.I just don't understand why she would spend millions of her own money for a job that only 174,000k a year,even after four year it till only 696,000 till a lot less than she spent.

    October 4, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. Sherri W.W.

    Again~the type of Non~thinking that is absolutely amazing in our country right now~"Conn.s`LONG TIME"Atty Gen~yet people would vote for a completely unqualified,ultra~rich who didnt even care enough about "the little people"to know how much the min.wage is in Conn! Oh,but no matter HOW much it is SHE WOULD REDUCE THE MIN.WAGE FOR THEM WHILE SHE HAS BILLIONS TO LIVE ON!~and like all these other extremes,and very rich people running, I gaurantee she will NOT know any of us once she would get elected!

    October 4, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |