After emphasizing women's issues and increasing his support among females, Democrat Chris Murphy has pulled ahead of Republican Linda McMahon by 6 percentage points in the U.S. Senate race in the latest University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant poll.The margin of error is four points, so Murphy's not out of the woods, but he's on the right side of the momentum push with less than three weeks to go. It helps that McMahon continues to provide him with plenty of ammunition, particularly among women, with her confused positions on choice and on emergency contraception. Women's organizations aren't going to let her get away with trying to confuse the issue.
Among likely voters, Murphy leads McMahon, 44 percent to 38 percent, with 17 percent of voters still undecided.[...]
The survey of 574 randomly selected likely voters, taken between Oct. 11 and 16, showed that Murphy had the support of 50 percent of women, compared with 32 percent for McMahon. By contrast, McMahon leads among men, 45 percent to 37 percent.
And that's helping to create a narrative that will remind Connecticut voters of the past McMahon is trying to scrub.
The Connecticut Democratic Party last month tried reviving attacks on McMahon using old video clips from WWE productions, which have been broadcast on cable television for years.The clips have been available for years, and are just now disappearing from the internet. McMahon's husband Vince still runs the company, which says officially, “Any assertion that WWE is coordinating with Linda McMahon’s U.S. Senate campaign is false; to do so would be unlawful." Sounds like there might be something else McMahon gets in trouble for.
One segment, subsequently disabled online, began with the statement, “What Linda McMahon doesn’t want you to see.” It showed two female wrestlers stripping to their underwear in the ring and fondling each other before two male wrestlers appear and beat them unconscious during the televised show.
1:46 PM PT: And this just in: PPP just released this poll for the League of Conservation Voters showing a 48-44 lead for Murphy. He's getting 16 percent of Republicans, has a 48-42 lead among women, and is tied at 47 with men.