Rasmussen: Conn. Senate Race Narrows, But Blumenthal Leads 3 GOP Possibles

Tuesday, 20 Jul 2010 05:44 PM

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Connecticut’s U.S. Senate race is a little closer this month, but Democrat Richard Blumenthal still captures more than 50 percent of the vote against three potential Republican challengers.

Blumenthal, the state’s longtime attorney general, earning 53 percent support to Linda McMahon’s 40 percent, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey of 500 likely voters released Tuesday. Three percent prefer another candidate, and 4 percent are undecided.

Last month, Blumenthal held a 56-to-33 percent lead over McMahon, the former head of Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment who was officially endorsed for the Senate at the state’s GOP Convention.

Since March, support for Blumenthal against McMahon has ranged from 48 percent to 60 percent, while she has largely remained in the 30s. Her support spiked briefly to 45 percent in May just after a New York Times report that Blumenthal had embellished his military record in public statements over the years.

But the party’s nominee will be chosen in an Aug. 10 primary, and speculation is running high that former Congressman Rob Simmons may re-enter the GOP race. He suspended his campaign after the state convention endorsed McMahon.

Blumenthal picks up 52 percent of the vote in a matchup with Simmons, who earns 38 percent. Blumenthal held a similar 50-to-39-percent lead over Simmons in May in the final survey before the latter dropped out of the race.
Wall Street investment banker Peter Schiff remains in the race but continues to run weakest against Blumenthal. The Democrat gets 52 percent in that matchup, while Schiff picks up 34 percent.

Connecticut is rated solidly Democratic in the Rasmussen Reports Senate Balance of Power rankings.

Male voters break roughly even between Blumenthal and any of the GOP candidates, while women overwhelmingly support the Democrat.

Around 70 percent of Republican voters back any of the potential nominees, while Blumenthal earns 85 percent of his party’s vote. Voters not affiliated with either party prefer McMahon but are much more narrowly divided when either Schiff or Simmons are the Republican in the race.

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