October 6th, 2010
07:25 PM ET
11 years ago

McMahon brushes off poll showing increasing deficit


Waterbury, Connecticut (CNN) – We caught up with GOP Senate candidate Linda McMahon just as the new CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation Poll was released showing her with a 13-point deficit–considerably larger than the 4-point hole she was in according to a Quinnipiac University survey out last week.

As you might expect, McMahon did not fully embrace the findings.

"I can tell you that is not what my internal polls show. They show it a much closer race," she told us Wednesday afternoon.

When we asked what her internal numbers are finding, she laughed - and refused to divulge the numbers.

McMahon said she will be campaigning pretty much nonstop until election day.

"I can tell you we are going to be pedal to the medal until the end of this race. I think you'll see the public polls will close very quickly and decisively," she predicted.

One variable in her favor is the amount of money she can pour into the race. The former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO is self-financing her Senate run. She has already spent more than $20 million.

Earlier in the day her opponent, Richard Blumenthal, was not taking anything for granted.

"We said from the start that this race is going to be very tight. I am up against a $50 million attack machine, and we knew from the outset that this race would be very competitive and very tough."

Asked if the widening race may mean that the public is not bothered by Blumenthal's admission that he gave misleading statements about his military service, McMahon said "Campaigns go up and down form week to week. We'll just have to see what the general public thinks."

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Sorry Linda. What was YOUR military record or public service? None because you were too busy promoting steroid-junkies and a FAKE sport.

    October 6, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. George of the jungle

    only 13 points. You mean we still have some idots who whould vote for this witch. Wake up people the people you elect will be representing us in Washington. They have to have some kind of brain in their heads. No new ideas No ideas at all vote all thwse wing nuts out in November

    October 6, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This woman is way out of her league, she knows it and the rest of the country needs to know. She's been writing her own checks for so long and for as much as she'd like and for whatever she'd like unlike a majority of Americans. It's time for her to increase the wages of her cooks and housekeepers as well as the gardners.

    October 6, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    Another RICH – UPPITY – Millionaire who THINKS they can buy an election!!!! No you RepubliCAN'T!!!!!! The real Americans that represent the majority of America are WAKING UP and we're not going to allow the RICH and COULD CARE less politicians BUY the Election!!!

    DEMOCRATS – continue to STATE the CASE and mean it – UNITE the BASE and be proud of it and we will BEAT the RICH who cares NOTHING about us in November 2010!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!

    October 6, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  5. Clwyd

    Maybe American voters aren't as stupid as I first thought?

    October 6, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. D. Bunker

    McMahon is WAY too extreme and out of touch with Main St. America. On top of that, she has no qualifications whatsoever and no real ideas for improving America. This adds up to another big GOBP zero in terms of coming up with viable candidates and ideas.

    Keep an eye on the money, folks. The only reason she's even close is because of all the secret millionaire and billionaire money flowing her way. That should be reason enough for voters to shun her. When a candidate is backed by a bunch of corporate predators too afraid to show their faces publicly, that pretty much tells you all you need to know about who cares about everyday working Americans and those who seek only to serve their corporate masters. Vote no to McMahon!

    October 6, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |