[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/12/art.getty.lieberman.jpg caption="Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman will back Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd’s upcoming battle for re-election."](CNN) – Connecticut’s senators are back on the same team: Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman will back Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd’s upcoming battle for re-election, three years after Dodd threw his weight behind Ned Lamont’s successful challenge to the former Democratic vice presidential candidate.
“They’ve been good friends for a long time, so it hurt him personally,” Lieberman spokesman Scott Overland said Thursday. “But their friendship has overcome it, and they’re as good of friends as they’ve ever been.”
When anti-war candidate Lamont challenged Lieberman in Connecticut’s Democratic primary 2006, Dodd backed the incumbent in the primary, but endorsed and actively campaigned for his friend’s opponent in the general election. Lieberman edged his Democratic challenger out in the final contest, and won as an Independent.
Lieberman’s support should be welcome news for Dodd, who seems headed for a tight race. The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows the possible Republican challenger, former Rep. Rob Simmons, getting 43 percent of the vote and Dodd with 42 percent.