Connecticut frontrunners increase leads in Senate race
Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut is retiring, and a poll shows Democrat Rep. Chris Murphy and Republican Linda McMahon are the leading candidates to replace him.
June 6th, 2012
12:57 PM ET
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Connecticut frontrunners increase leads in Senate race

(CNN) – A new poll in the race to fill the Connecticut U.S. Senate seat being vacated by independent Sen. Joe Lieberman shows the party frontrunners increasing their leads since the last survey in March.

Democrat Rep. Chris Murphy has grown his lead from 12 points to 30 over Susan Bysiewicz, the Quinnipiac University poll found, while Republican Linda McMahon is now ahead of former Rep. Chris Shays by 29 points. She had a nine point advantage over Shays in the previous Quinnipiac survey, released March 22.

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The Connecticut primary is to be held August 14th.

Should those frontrunners face each other in the November election, Murphy has a three point advantage over McMahon, a former wrestling executive who sought to unseat Lieberman in 2010. That margin is within the poll's sampling error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

Other possible matchups involving combinations of McMahon, Murphy, former Secretary of State Bysiewicz, and Shays show similarly tight races, with margins of eight points or less.

President Barack Obama has a 12-point lead over GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, 50% to 38%. The CNN Electoral Map rates the state as safe in Obama's column.

Lieberman, an independent who was formerly a Democrat, maintained a 50% favorability rating in the poll.

This Quinnipiac University survey included 1,408 likely Connecticut voters between May 29 and June 3.

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Filed under: 2012 • Chris Murphy • Connecticut • Linda McMahon
soundoff (6 Responses)

    Steroid McMahon is running again? Some people just don't know when to give it up. Anyway, as long as Se. Judas Lieberman is gone, I'm satisfied.

    June 6, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. mcskadittle

    Once again Linda McMahon is going try to buy your vote, how much will she spend this time? 200 million?

    June 6, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    Republicans will win Libermann's seat in the Senate. The country has had enough of the Democrats.

    June 6, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. CKS

    The writer of this article got his facts wrong...McMahon ran against Richard Blumenthal in 2010 and lost (they battled for Chris Dodd's old seat). Lieberman last ran in 2006 and defeated Ned Lamont.

    June 6, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    -Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    Republicans will win Libermann's seat in the Senate. The country has had enough of the Democrats.
    If McMahon could not win in 2010, she never will.

    June 6, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. itsme

    OK, so the GOP has the most money and is buying votes. People will eventually wise up and vote according to candidate qualifications rather than who has the most TV time. I have to believe that people will do the research and not just follow ads; which like all ads, are simply trying to sell something. Sadly, I fear the corporate buyout will be near completion before that happens.

    June 6, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |