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article imageBlumenthal starts with huge lead in Connecticut Senate race

By Andrew Moran     Jan 6, 2010 in Politics
After it was announced that incumbent Democratic Senator Chris Dodd will not seek re-election in 2010 and that Attorney General Richard Blumenthal would take his place, new polls released show that Blumenthal holds a commanding lead.
Prior to Senator Chris Dodd’s decision not to seek re-election; all of his potential Republican opponents were ahead of him in the polls. Rob Simmons held a commanding 13 point lead, Linda McMahon would win the race by a modest 6 points and Peter Schiff would edge out Dodd by one point.
However, since Dodd, who held a 29 per cent approval rating, has decided to leave his seat and have Attorney General Richard Blumenthal take his place, the polls have shifted dramatically in Blumenthal’s favor. Blumenthal holds an astronomical 30 point lead against all three of his Republican opponents, according to Fire Dog Lake News.
A Blumenthal versus Simmons election would see the Attorney General win 59-28, while a McMahon opposition would see him win 60-28 and if Schiff wins the nomination, Blumenthal would win the race 63-28.
Blumenthal’s approval rating stands quite high with 59 per cent, while just 19 per cent disapprove. Nearly three-quarters of Democrats approve of Blumenthal, 60 per cent of Independents favor Blumenthal and 37 per cent of Republicans support Blumenthal’s performance.
Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling, said, “The Blumenthal/Dodd swap should bring a huge sigh of relief to Democrats. Dodd was probably going to lose this fall, while Blumenthal starts out as an overwhelming favorite.”
The telephone survey was conducted among 522 Connecticut voters between Jan. 4 and Jan. 5 and contains a margin of error of +/- 4.3 percentage points.
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