Linda McMahon Surges in Conn. Senate Race

Thursday, 20 May 2010 10:05 AM


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Republican Linda McMahon’s quest for the U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut has evolved to a genuine threat to the GOP opponent she faces in a party nominating contest Friday, according to a report at

McMahon has raced ahead in polls against her primary challenger, former representative Rob Simmons — once touted as the GOP’s best chance of capturing the seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd.

"I’m capitalizing on the mood I find across Connecticut. We don’t want people who are the same old career politicians. We want a fresh face and fresh ideas," McMahon said in an interview this week.

McMahon, who characterizes herself as a fiscal conservative, has met with tea party activists but has not aligned specifically with the movement. Tea party leaders have endorsed a third candidate, businessman Peter Schiff.

A Rasmussen Reports poll released Wednesday, after the furor erupted over Democratic candidate Richard Blumenthal’s statements of his military record, showed she had narrowed Blumenthal’s lead in a hypothetical race to 48 percent-45 percent. Two weeks ago, Blumenthal’s lead was 13 points.

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