Just two years after Democrat Dan Malloy won the closest-ever race for governor of Connecticut in a much contested contest, the latest poll shows him trailing his 2010 opponent in a 2014 rematch.
According to a just-completed Quinnipiac Poll, businessman and narrow 2010 loser Tom Foley leads Malloy among likely voters by a margin of 43 percent to 40 percent statewide.
Although the governor gets high marks for his crisis management during the Newtown shooting and Superstorm Sandy, Malloy also draws major thumbs-down for his handling of the state budget and raising taxes.
Quinnipiac's survey found that by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent, Malloy is rated unfavorably for overseeing the Nutmeg State's $44 billion budget and by 63 percent to 29 percent he is rated unfavorably on the issue of taxes.
Foley, former U.S. ambassador to Ireland and son-in-law of former Republican National Chairman Frank Fahrenkopf, is the runaway favorite among Republican voters for another crack at the governorship.
According to Quinnipiac, Foley leads with 36 percent among likely Republican primary voters, the only candidate in double digits.
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax
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