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Richard Blumenthal Holds Big Lead Over Linda McMahon in Connecticut

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Democrat Richard Blumenthal has taken a 57 percent to 39 percent lead over Republican Linda McMahon in the race to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Christopher Dodd, according to a Suffolk University poll conducted Oct. 19-20.

A majority of Connecticut voters think the state is heading on the wrong track, that the recession still persists, the job situation will not improve and the Democratic-backed economic stimulus program has not helped the state.

All that has helped Republicans in many races around the country, but McMahon, whose former role as head of World Wrestling Entertainment has hardly been a plus in the campaign, still suffers from a decidedly negative image with 52 percent seeing her unfavorably while 33 percent regard her favorably, with 14 percent undecided.

Richard Blumenthal and Linda McMahonBy contrast, Blumenthal, the state's attorney general whose longtime popularity seems to have survived disclosures that he made misleading statements about his military record, is seen favorably by 56 percent and unfavorably by 34 percent, with 10 percent undecided.

McMahon has spent more than $40 million of her own money, which has enabled her to flood the airwaves with campaign ads and mailboxes with political material. But one result is that 62 percent of voters believe that she has run the more negative campaign.

When it comes to her specific ad saying that Blumenthal had lied about serving in Vietnam, 33 percent of voters said it had made no difference in their decision on whom to support, 30 percent said the ads made it more likely that they'd back Blumenthal while 25 percent said the ads made it more likely they'd support McMahon.

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Kenneth

What does not make sense to me is why any person would spend 40 million of their own money to run for a job that may only last 6 years and pays less then 200,000 per year. The hidden benefits must make up the difference. I would be more then happy to take my 40 million and retire and enjoy my life and try to stay out of everyone's way!

October 22 2010 at 11:58 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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ezek37

Candidates do it all the time. They crave power and fame cause they dont need the money.

October 22 2010 at 12:43 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Scotty

I have no respect for the Connecticut voters who would elect a man who continually lied about his service in Viet Nam. If you lie about something like that to get elected you could not possibly trust them in our government where we already have plenty of liars already. USMC 69

October 21 2010 at 9:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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eve

Voters are more afraid of what she will do then what Blumenthal will say. Something evil about rich folks being able to buy an election for an office of which you know absoulutely nothing just because you can that creeps people out.

October 23 2010 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
motorprops

Linda might learn that she can't buy everything. Or at least Vince can't!!

October 21 2010 at 6:08 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
afritilla

what do you mean misleading statements about his vietnam experience ? the man lied, repeatedly. he's a politician. yes, he intended to mislead, by lying.

October 21 2010 at 3:45 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
partsautomall

WE NEED THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES TO FOCUS ON POSITIVES.EVERYONE IS SO TIRED OF BEING DEPRESSED.

October 21 2010 at 2:55 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
gemzandor

Thankfully the Connecticut electorate is more educated than the average american populace, and can see McMahon for what she is ... (a) her "career" at WWE has been as a tool of her husband Vince, whom all fair reporting shows is the beginning and end of the management of that company; (b) WWE built its fortune on the steroid use of its "stars", many of whom ended up diseased or dead as a result; (c) would anyone vote for Vince McMahon for Senator? A vote for Linda is really a vote for Vince, she has always been a front for him; and (d) bottom line, another unqualified millionaire spending a fortune trying to buy an election, pretending to be "in touch" with the regular folk but in fact nothing could be further from the truth.

October 21 2010 at 2:53 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
bubba1zfg

Connecticut will get what it deserves with Blumenthal.

October 21 2010 at 2:44 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
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Tom

And that will be a heck of a lot more than they would have gotten from a dozen McMahons!

October 21 2010 at 2:54 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
efleishman

yeah! somebody capable.

October 21 2010 at 9:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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