(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."
Washington (CNN) – With eight days to go before a Connecticut primary in which voters will select nominees to compete for the seat of veteran Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, one contender for the GOP nomination is up with a new ad, and has scored another newspaper endorsement.
Rob Simmons, who at one point suspended his campaign, is up with a new 30-second spot that touts his military service. Titled "Lest We Forget" the ad features images of Simmons in a military uniform. Before running for public office, Simmons served as an Army officer and more recently worked at the CIA.
"Lest we forget, service is what we ask of our leaders," the ad's narrator says. "And service is the yardstick by which we measure them."
The status of the Simmons' campaign had been a mystery since May, when he suspended his campaign and released most of his staff after finishing second at the Connecticut GOP convention. But Simmons did remain on the primary ballot.
Washington (CNN) - Not only is Rob Simmons' campaign for Senate back from the dead, but the Republican has picked up the endorsement of Connecticut's largest newspaper.
The Simmons campaign has experienced a rebirth the past two weeks. Last week, Simmons announced he would run a television commercial – billed as a public service announcement – asking Connecticut voters to look at the issues when making their decision in the state's August 10 primary. In the ad Simmons reminds voters that he's still on the ballot.
On Tuesday, Simmons attended a debate in which he declared: "I am running for the United States Senate because I love my country and I don't like where it's going."