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Senate Race Poll Shows Murphy with Lead, Many Undecided

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.

Senate

A new University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant poll shows U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy with a 44-38 edge against Linda McMahon. Seventeen percent of voters remain undecided.  

The sampling of 574 likely voters shows high unfavorability ratings of 39 percent for McMahon and 34 percent for Murphy.

Corry Bliss, campaign manager for McMahon, said the polling results are “extremely suspect.” 

"Clearly, this poll oversampled Democrats and severely undersampled Independents,” he said. “Recognizing that Independents represent the largest voting bloc in the state and that Linda McMahon has been winning Independents by a significant margin in every other public poll released during the past several weeks, it becomes obvious that this poll is not representative of Connecticut's voting population -- despite the Courant's biased attempt to dismiss the sampling errors.”

Murphy’s campaign fired back that McMahon is desperate.

“Connecticut voters are seeing past McMahon's nasty personal attacks and are hearing more and more about her right-wing Republican plans to end Social Security, privatize Medicare, cut taxes for the rich, and deny rape victims access to emergency contraception," said Murphy campaign spokesman Eli Zupnick in a written statement.

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D) is among Connecticut politicians who are opposed to selling Plum Island on the Long Island Sound, according to the Register Citizen.

Wayne Winsley (R) plans to be a featured speaker at a “Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally” at the New Haven Green on Saturday at noon.

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D): No Labels, a self-describedgrassroots movement of Democrats, Republicans and independents dedicated to the politics of problem solving” lauded Himes with their seal of approval.

“Congress today is more polarized and more mired in gridlock than ever before,” said No Labels co-founder William Galston in a written statement. “With such crucial issues to be solved for our country, we need more leaders like Himes who are willing to put politics aside to solve problems.”

Steve Obsitnik (R) met with Hersam Acorn Newspapers to discuss his policies and campaign.

“I think what people want now in their representative is someone who is independent-minded, someone who is willing to go down and make tough decisions and someone who is going to be held accountable,” Obsitnik told the newspaper chain. “I am so confident of this, I’m term-limiting myself to eight years. I’m going to put my money where my mouth is. I don’t want Washington to change me.”

Fifth District

Although the Fifth District is somewhat overlooked compared to the headlines coming out of the Senate Race, the Connecticut Mirror describes that race as the “the other TV commercial slugfest.” Andrew Roraback and Elizabeth Esty had their first debate on Tuesday. They face off again on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Hansa Junchun October 19, 2012 at 10:07 PM
I cannot decide who is the bigger egoist and dirty crook. Murphy and Linda have lied and cheated their way through life, and now they want us to reward one of them for it? No thanks. What's the third guy's name? Passarelli? Is he still even running? I hope so. One thing IS made up in my mind, however: Voting for Wayne Winsley for U.S. Congress, Third District. "A breath of fresh air" is what someone called him the other day at a forum. There, the intensely corrupt incumbent Rosa DeLauro read a statement for 50 minutes, causing the vast majority of people to nod asleep and delivered canned answers from a binder during the last ten minutes when only specific audience members were allowed to ask questions. Shortly thereafter, once Rosa had cleared the building and was in no danger of running into her African-American challenger, the participants of the forum were treated to Wayne Winsley who, without a binder of DNC scripted remarks, spent most of the hour fielding questions from the highly engaged audience. Check out the FACE THE STATE closed-session "debate" where Wayne Winsley is finally allowed to appear in Rosa's presence. She has her binder. And she must use it to respond to Wayne's remarks! Rosa makes a complete fool of herself this Sunday morning!

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