September 14th, 2010
10:25 AM ET
13 years ago

Blumenthal's lead shrinks in Connecticut

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" 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.

This was the first general election survey of likely voters conducted by Quinnipiac this cycle.

But previous Quinnipiac polls taken of registered voters in Connecticut prior to the Senate primaries also showed Blumenthal's once staggering lead rapidly declining as McMahon's well-funded campaign gained momentum.

According to the latest poll, Blumenthal now leads 87 to 10 percent among Democrats and gets 47 percent of independent voters to McMahon's 46 percent. McMahon leads 91 to 9 percent among Republicans.

"The question is whether Linda McMahon can ride the anti-establishment, anti-Democratic wave to victory in blue Connecticut, a state that hasn't voted for a Republican for Senator since Lowell Weicker in 1982," Schwartz said.

The winner of will succeed five-term Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, who announced earlier this year that he would not run for re-election. A GOP Senate victory in Connecticut would give the party a big boost towards possibly reclaiming control of the chamber.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted September 8-12, with 875 Connecticut likely voters surveyed by telephone with live interviewers. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

– Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2010 • Connecticut • Linda McMahon • Richard Blumenthal
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Management

    At least she has some management experience, which is more than be said for the people running the administration and congress. They have proven they can't manage anything. Economics 101 should be a requirement for anyone in congress or the admin. These are the worst so called leaders in history.

    September 14, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Jess C

    Only in America at this current time can our voters be so blind and focused on emotional voting. Anger does not yield sound decision, but I'm sure it makes the irrationals among us feel a temporary high. Wait until these inexperienced, radical nutjobs take office; backfire time! We will get what we deserve voting for these nutjobs; kind of like a 2nd term Bush phenom.

    September 14, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. jim

    Goes to show you that voters remember when you inflate your RE'SUME' in order to curry favor with the electorate.This man is going down come NOV.

    September 14, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. SayWhat

    No chance that the fake wrestling lady beats the fake Vietnam vet.

    September 14, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Beverly

    If we want our state to be #1 in the nation, we need Gov. Blumenthal.
    He's the best man for the job! McMahon can take her money and go home or just give it to the boys and girls club.

    September 14, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    You know... if she gives him a flying elbow smash from the top rope, the referee might have to stop the bout.

    September 14, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    McMahon seems to think that everyone will listen to her in the Senate which isn't going to happen. She will be low in the pecking order. Just because she was a CEO doesn't mean that she will be a good legislator. She will be one of 100. Who is really going to take her seriously when she promoted wrestling and called it a soap opera?

    September 14, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. jeff, alabama

    She is only one of many female Republicans who will
    gain ground in the elections.

    September 14, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. Djinn

    The halls of congress do NOT need another corporate vampire. All she knows is show biz and profits. She wouldn't lift a finger for an everyday American.

    September 14, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. gt

    ameriica is tired of career politians ,,, you go girl...

    September 14, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. jules sand-perkins

    Connecticut is quite liberal, really.
    It's just not as liberal, regarding Wealth Spreading, as this crew of Democrats who took over the White House.
    Connecticut citizens live well, and they Earned the money they have.

    September 14, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. Anonymous

    The 11 per cent can change in either direction.
    Pollsters and new sites- stop trying to influence politics

    September 14, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. larry

    God help us all if that rich white woman is able to buy the election.

    September 14, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. A Concerned Citizen

    Funny, I thought the Republican Party was dead....wasn't that what we heard after the last election?

    September 14, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. don

    If more Republicans are elected to the house and senate we might as well have McMahon. We will be more representative of the WWE than America anyway if that happens.

    September 14, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Dale

    ALL Incumbents must be relieved of duty on both sides of the isle.

    None have proven themselves worthy....... wether your a rep, dem or even lib we should vote all out and new in.

    September 14, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. Michael

    Maybe they should have a cage match to determine the winner.

    September 14, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. terry,va

    Get ready for a smack down, you lying weasel Blumenthal.

    September 14, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. Snow

    At least she has run a business and knows how to make money which is a long way from saying the same thing for her competition.

    September 14, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Linda McMahon can care less about the people of Connecticutt. She is the personification of the type of people we do NOT need in Congress.

    September 14, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |