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Rasmussen: McMahon Closes Gap on Blumenthal

Sunday, 17 Oct 2010 10:35 AM

Democrat Richard Blumenthal now leads Republican Linda McMahon by just five points in Connecticut’s race for the U.S. Senate in a survey conducted two nights after their third and final head-to-head debate.

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Blumenthal, Connecticut’s longtime attorney general, picking up 51 percent of the vote. McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, earns the vote from 46 percent. One percent prefer some other candidate, while three percent are undecided.

The latest numbers move the race from Solid Democrat to Leans Democrat in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings.

Just over a week ago, Blumenthal opened a 54 percent to 43 percent lead over McMahon the night after their first debate. While the race was closer in several surveys since January, Blumenthal has always held the lead. In 13 surveys this year, the Democrat has drawn 47 percent to 60 percent of the vote. McMahon has picked up 31 percent to 46 percent support during that same period.

This statewide telephone survey of 750 Likely Voters in Connecticut was conducted on Oct. 14, 2010, by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.

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