Dead Heat in Connecticut Senate Race

Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 10:24 AM

By Todd Beamon

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy and Republican Linda McMahon are locked in a virtual dead heat in the Connecticut Senate race.

The Cook Political Report calls the race as “likely Democratic” and The Rothenberg Political Report lists the race as “Democrat favored.”

And the Real Clear Politics poll average has McMahon with a razor-thin lead of 47.3 to Murphy's 46.7.

The University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant poll, however, finds Murphy slightly ahead of McMahon, 37 percent to 33 percent.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent – placing the candidates in a statistical tie. And the poll shows that 30 percent of voters are undecided.

The vacancy was created by the retirement of Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Murphy, in his third term on Capitol Hill, serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Before he was elected to Congress, Murphy spent eight years in the Connecticut General Assembly, as both a representative and a senator.

McMahon, the former chief executive officer of World Wrestling Entertainment, left the company in 2009 to run unsuccessfully for Senate, losing only by 12 points to Democrat Richard Blumenthal in the general election. She spent $50 million of her own money in the race.

Murphy has been endorsed by Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, State Senator Beth Bye and such organizations as the Sierra Club.

Among McMahon’s many endorsements is one from former U.N. Ambassador to Ireland and former GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley.

Republicans have not won a U.S. Senate race in Connecticut since 1982, when Lowell P. Weicker won.

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