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Female Wrestling Exec Leads Simmons

March 18, 2010    Content provided by DDC Advocacy

Former World Wrestling Entertainment executive director Linda McMahon, wife of the organization's founder Vince McMahon, has taken a substantial lead over former US Rep. Rob Simmons in her quest for the Connecticut Republican Senatorial nomination. According to a just released Quinnipiac University study (3/9-15; 1,541 CT registered voters), McMahon now leads Simmons 44-34%. The January Q-Poll measured a 37-27% Simmons lead. McMahon has already spent more than $6 million on the campaign, mostly her own money, thus explaining her strong rise in the polls. Unfortunately for both Republicans, however, is that Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal destroys each of them if general election balloting were today. Blumenthal is the consensus Democratic candidate and will formally win his party's nomination in August. The Attorney General would defeat McMahon 61-28% according to the Quinnipiac data, and Simmons doesn't fare any better. Blumenthal beats him 62-26%. The Connecticut race was competitive when Sen. Chris Dodd (D) was running for re-election. Since his retirement announcement, the polls have reverted strongly back to the Democratic column.

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