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McMahon Making Moves

September 16, 2010    Content provided by DDC Advocacy

The victory of New Hampshire former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte in the Republican Senatorial primary is not the only New England political happening making news this week. A new Quinnipiac University poll (9/8-12; 875 likely CT voters) gives Connecticut Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal only a 51-45% lead over former professional wrestling executive Linda McMahon (R) in their race for the U.S. Senate. With the Delaware seat now going south for the Republican Party, expect greater national attention to be focused on this race.

Interestingly, McMahon's toughest demographic group appears to be women. While she carries men 48-47% over Blumenthal, females prefer the male AG by a healthy 56-41% count. McMahon gets 91% of the Republican vote and trails among Independents by just one point, 46-47%. Blumenthal keeps 87% of the Democrats in his column.

However, both candidates have one overriding negative. McMahon's background as co-founder of the World Wrestling Entertainment company is viewed negatively. By a margin of 33-20%, people are less likely to voter for her because of this association. Forty-seven percent say it makes no difference. For Blumenthal, the revelations made public earlier in the year that he falsified his service record and actually never faced battle in Vietnam is obviously a drag upon his candidacy. By a 37-1% margin, voters are less likely to vote for him because of his action, but 60% say his past comments have no bearing upon their vote. Add Connecticut to the group of hotly contested Senate races.

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