by DR. SUSAN BERRY, 2 Sep 2012 –
According to Politico, the state of Connecticut is now considered to be a battleground state in the upcoming November election. Several factors have contributed to the shift in a state that was assumed to continue its legacy as an automatic win for the Democratic party.
First, two polls have now suggested that Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon is several points ahead of her opponent, Congressman Chris Murphy, in the race for retiring Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s seat. A Rasmussen survey of likely voters found McMahon to be three points ahead of Murphy, 49-46%, and now a Quinnipiac University poll, a larger sample of likely voters, also arrived at a 49-46% lead for McMahon. Of particular note is that, with Independents, McMahon leads by double digits, 55-40%, over Murphy.
The left-leaning Public Policy Polling survey of voters (not likely voters) found Murphy, a protégé of former Sen. Chris Dodd, to be leading McMahon, 48-44%.