October 1st, 2010
08:23 PM ET
4 years ago

War of words in Connecticut Senate race

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Senate nominee in Connecticut is seizing on remarks made by his Republican opponent, Linda McMahon that seemed to suggest she would consider lowering the minimum wage.

Richard Blumenthal's campaign launched a new ad Friday charging that McMahon "took home $46 million dollars, and now she's talking about lowering the minimum wage."

In the ad, which also goes after McMahon's tenure as CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, a narrator says, "Linda McMahon has always put herself, and her profits, first."

McMahon's campaign was quick to respond.

"Dick Blumenthal is a lifelong politician who has no idea how to create jobs…We know he's a fighter, the problem is he's fighting for higher taxes and more government," McMahon spokesman Ed Patru said in a statement.

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Filed under: 2010 • Connecticut • Linda McMahon • Richard Blumenthal
September 28th, 2010
01:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Poll Watch: Dead heat in Connecticut Senate battle

(CNN) - Former pro-wrestling executive Linda McMahon has closed the gap against Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal in the state's contentious Senate race, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday indicates that McMahon, the GOP nominee, trails Blumenthal, the Democratic standard bearer, 49 to 46 percent among likely voters, with four percent undecided. Blumenthal's three point advantage is within the poll's sampling error, and is down from a six-point margin in a Quinnipiac survey from two weeks ago.

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Filed under: 2010 • Connecticut • Linda McMahon • Polls • Richard Blumenthal
September 17th, 2010
11:10 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama: Public service is not a game

 Obama: Public service is not a game.
Obama: Public service is not a game.

(CNN) – GOP Senate nominee Linda McMahon's pushing back Friday against some jabs from President Barack Obama.

Obama, in Connecticut Thursday to headline a fundraiser for state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the Democratic Senate nominee, brought up McMahon, a former pro-wrestling executive.

"I understand she has promised a 'smackdown'. That is what she said. And, look, there's no doubt, I can see how somebody who's been in professional wrestling would think that they're right at home in the United States Senate - if they were watching some of the behavior that's been going on. But the truth is - and Dick understands this - public service is not a game," said Obama.

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September 16th, 2010
04:38 PM ET
4 years ago

Handicapper: Toss Up in Connecticut

The Cook Political Report moved it's rating of Connecticut's Senate race between Linda McMahon and Richard Blumenthal from 'lean Democrat' to 'toss up'.
The Cook Political Report moved it's rating of Connecticut's Senate race between Linda McMahon and Richard Blumenthal from 'lean Democrat' to 'toss up'.

(CNN) – Just a few hours before President Barack Obama heads to Connecticut to try and help keep a Senate seat in Democratic hands, a top non-partisan political handicapper is now describing the contest as up for grabs.

The Cook Political Report Thursday moved its rating from "lean Democrat" to "toss up." Later Thursday the president's scheduled to headline an event in Connecticut for state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the party's Senate nominee. Blumenthal will face off in November's midterm elections against Republican nominee Linda McMahon. The former pro-wrestling executive has pumped millions of dollars into her bid for the Senate.

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Filed under: 2010 • Connecticut • Linda McMahon • Richard Blumenthal
September 16th, 2010
12:41 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama back on campaign trail Thursday

President Obama will head to Connecticut Thursday to campaign for Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal.
President Obama will head to Connecticut Thursday to campaign for Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal.

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's heading to Connecticut Thursday late afternoon to help keep a Senate seat in Democratic hands.

The president is scheduled to headline an event for state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the party's Senate nominee. A Democratic source tells CNN that more than 300 people are expected to attend the fundraiser, with tickets priced at $1,000 each.

Later, Obama is expected to be the main attraction at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser being held at a private residence. A separate source with knowledge of the event says the dinner is expected to bring in a little over $1 million.

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Filed under: 2010 • Connecticut • President Obama • Richard Blumenthal
September 14th, 2010
10:25 AM ET
4 years ago

Blumenthal's lead shrinks in Connecticut

 A new poll indicates that GOP Senate hopeful Linda McMahon is closing ground against Democrat Richard Blumenthal in Connecticut'.
A new poll indicates that GOP Senate hopeful Linda McMahon is closing ground against Democrat Richard Blumenthal in Connecticut'.

(CNN) – Ex-wrestling executive Linda McMahon continues to close ground against Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal in the state's increasingly contentious Senate race, a new poll indicates.

The latest poll by Quinnipiac University shows that McMahon has come within six points of Blumenthal, a development that is "surprisingly close" given Blumenthal's 70 percent approval rating as the state's attorney general, said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz.

According to the poll released Tuesday, Democrat Richard Blumenthal leads Republican Linda McMahon 51 to 45 percent among likely voters in the U.S. Senate race. Three percent of likely voters are undecided, and 11 percent say they could change their mind by Election Day, according to the poll.

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Filed under: 2010 • Connecticut • Linda McMahon • Richard Blumenthal
September 4th, 2010
01:50 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama to campaign for Blumenthal in Connecticut

President Obama will campaign with Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal later this month.
President Obama will campaign with Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal later this month.

(CNN) – President Obama will travel to Connecticut later this month to stump for Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal, a spokesperson for the candidate told CNN Saturday.

Obama will campaign with Blumenthal in Stamford on September 16 – the same day he is slated to attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in the state.

"I look forward to welcoming the President of the United States to Connecticut. It is an honor to have his support and his assistance,” Blumenthal said in a statement. “His visit will make a difference for us, energizing our supporters and helping us raise the resources we need against my opponent who is spending an unprecedented $50 million on her campaign."

Blumenthal slowly has been dropping slowly but steadily in the polls. A Quinnipiac University survey of Connecticut voters conducted five weeks ago indicated that Blumenthal held a 10-point lead over his challenger, former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon. Blumenthal held a 20-point lead in the same poll in June.

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Filed under: 2010 • Connecticut • President Obama • Richard Blumenthal
August 11th, 2010
09:08 AM ET
4 years ago

McMahon dismisses Dem attacks on wrestling past






(CNN) – Democrats may be salivating at the opportunity to take on Linda McMahon - the former World Wrestling Entertainment executive who captured Connecticut's GOP Senate nomination Tuesday night – but the ex-wrestling CEO tells CNN she welcomes a fight about her colorful past.

"As my opponents talked more and more about the WWE and issues that may have been relative to programming content ...instead of focusing on the issues, I talked about issues and continued to gain momentum," McMahon told CNN Wednesday morning.

"If my opponents want to talk about soap opera content instead of focusing on issues, I will win again in November," she added.

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Filed under: Connecticut • Linda McMahon • Richard Blumenthal
August 4th, 2010
12:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Connecticut Senate smackdown heating up

(CNN) - A new poll indicates that the battle for Connecticut's open Senate seat is becoming more competitive, as is next week's Republican Senate primary.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday, 50 percent of Connecticut voters say they back longtime state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the presumptive Democratic nominee, with four in ten supporting former professional wrestling executive Linda McMahon, the leading GOP Senate candidate, and seven percent undecided.

Blumenthal's ten point advantage is down from a 17 point lead in a Quinnipiac poll from last month and a 20 point margin from June.

"The McMahon-Blumenthal Senate race in Connecticut could be a real smackdown, as the Republican has the money and momentum, cutting into Blumenthal's lead month to month," says Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz. "Independent voters, the largest bloc of voters in Connecticut, are for the first time evenly divided between Linda McMahon, who gets 46 percent, and Richard Blumenthal, who gets 44 percent. Blumenthal led 54 – 35 percent among independent voters just three weeks ago."
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Filed under: 2010 • Connecticut • Linda McMahon • Richard Blumenthal • Rob Simmons
July 16th, 2010
09:05 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Blumenthal's lead shrinks, still strong at 17 points

Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal has a 17 point lead over Linda McMahon, according to a new poll.
Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal has a 17 point lead over Linda McMahon, according to a new poll.

(CNN) - Nearly two months after the revelation that he inflated his military record as a Vietnam War veteran, Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal still holds a large lead over his presumed Republican opponent.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Friday, Blumenthal, Connecticut's attorney general, leads former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon by 17 points.

The gap represents the smallest lead Blumenthal has held over McMahon since Quinnipiac's polling began. He held a 41-point lead in January and a 20-point lead in June.

"Ms. McMahon [...] has the momentum, even if the latest movement is only a small three-point change," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz. "She is inching up on Blumenthal.

"She still has a long way to go, but she has a lot of time and a lot of money," Schwartz said.

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Filed under: 2010 • Connecticut • Linda McMahon • Richard Blumenthal
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