WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is maintaining a lead over wrestling executive Linda McMahon in the race for US Senate in Connecticut, but his margin has slipped back into the single-digits, according to a poll released today.
McMahon is now trailing Blumenthal by a nine-point margin, 53 to 44 percent, said the Quinnipiac University poll. That compares to a 54 to 42 percent deficit for McMahon in the Quinnipiac Poll released Oct. 26.
The two are engaged in a heated battle to succeed Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd. If McMahon pulls off a victory, it would be a big upset for Republicans in a traditionally blue state. She has spent at least $42 million of her own money on the race.
A key statistic for McMahon supporters: independent voters, who went 56 to 40 for Blumenthal last week, are now tipping toward McMahon, 49 to 44 percent. McMahon continues to struggle among women, however: women back Blumenthal by 61 to 36 percent, the poll found. Men support McMahon 50 to 46 percent.
“Linda McMahon’s mini surge may be too little, too late,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD.
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